Our priorities

Current priorities

  • Ensure appropriate governance structures are in place for advanced practice across the region enabling safe and effective practice.
  • Develop a consistent approach in the development and implementation of advance practice roles and ensure a shared understanding of advanced practice and the 4 pillars that underpin this level of practice. 
  • Review and develop the EoE comissioning framework for advanced practice.
  • Support current advanced practitioners to map against the new national standards, as set out by the multi-professional framework for advanced practice to enable accreditation via the Centre of Advancing Practice.
  • Identify trainee advanced practitioners and support their progression, irrespective of funding route. 
  • Develop a regional directory of advanced practitioners to develop communities of practice, share best practice, relevant webinars and provide training opportunities.  
  • Identify current supervision programmes in place and work with HEIs and healthcare organisations to ensure that high quality supervision is provided for all ACPs is in line with the new national standards.
  • Develop STP / ICS Advance Practice Faculties to ensure a greater understanding of the current and future workforce needs from a national and regional perspective. Identifying where to develop not only existing ACP roles, but also where the opportunities are to developed new ACP roles to improve workforce development and service innovation.
  • Work with HEIs to ensure they gain Advance Practice Programme accreditation via the centre.
  • Identify training demands and work with HEIs on course development.
  • Share and disseminate developments and information from the centre of advancing practice, and act as a conduit between the regional and national team.  

Advanced practitioners offer multiple benefits to the health service and the population. They bring more holistic care to patients, support continuity of care and extend their scope of practice across traditional boundaries. This leads in turn to a greater focus on prevention, more personalised care, a more efficient team, a faster response to patient needs and better outcomes.


Advanced practice roles play a key part in the transformation and sustainability of the NHS workforce.

NHSE England, 2020