Good workplace-based supervision is a key factor for successful completion of Advanced Practitioner training. Trainees who are not well supervised can struggle and some have failed to complete their programmes. Each trainee Advanced Practitioner requires a named workplace co-ordinating educational supervisor (with possible associate supervisors depending on trainee need) who can undertake multi-professional supervision and is familiar with the learning requirements of advanced practice. Trainees who are not well supervised can struggle and some have failed to complete their programmes.
Supervisors must have protected time in their job plan to support the trainee. National guidelines on Advanced Practice supervision were published in 2020 and can be accessed here: National Guidance and the HEE Minimum Standards for Supervision guidance 2022.
The expectation is that Advanced Practice trainees will have supervision over the course of their training adhering to the principles of the HEE Quality Framework, Multi-Professional Advanced Clinical Practice Framework and Minimum standards for supervision
for all learners.
A £2,500 per annum, per trainee supervision fee is available for those on a full Advanced practice MSc that is funded by NHSE. This offer is to support organisational costs of supporting an Advanced Practitioner with workplace-based supervision and assessment.
For organisations who utilise the apprenticeship levy for funding of programme fees, NHSE’s contribution to workplace supervision will be increased to £6,000. This is available for each new and continuing student undertaking a programme of study in the 2023/24 academic year and will be paid to employers after the named individual student has enrolled.
A data validation exercise will take place between HEIs and NHSE to confirm enrolled students. Where a student expects their programme to be undertaken for a longer period than three years, the student and employer are advised to contact the faculty to discuss this further, as we cannot guarantee the payment of a supervision fee for longer than a three-year period.
A lack of support often results either in individuals withdrawing from the programme or seeking alternative employment; employers should consider whether they can fully support individuals before seeking funding for training.
The expectations of employers in return for the supervision fee are:
- Should be able to articulate a clear case for the Advanced practice role, demonstrating that it is an organisational priority in line with their workforce transformation plans and service requirements.
- Should, wherever possible, be able to articulate how new Advanced Practitioner numbers connect to system level recovery priorities.
- Should be able to provide assurance that there will be an Advanced Practice post on completion of training. This is necessary to avoid investing in the upskilling of staff who cannot then put their advanced skills into practice.
- Must identify an appropriately trained supervisor who will be able to apply the Principles of Workplace Supervision and the Minimum standards for supervision
- The expectation is that Advanced Practitioner trainees will have supervision over the course of their training adhering to the principles of the HEE Quality Framework, Multi-Professional Advanced Clinical Practice Framework and The Minimum standards for supervision for all learners. This should include provision of a suitable workplace-based learning environment and opportunities to gain competence across the 4 pillars of advanced practice (clinical practice, leadership/management, research, and education).
- Must provide sufficient study leave for university training. It should not be expected that Advanced Practitioner trainees take unpaid or annual leave for dedicated training days.
- Should encourage trainees to complete HEE’s National Education and Training Survey (NETS)
- Should ensure that the supervision funding reporting form 2023/24 is fully completed and returned to NHSE.
If you have any questions, please refer to the HEE London Advanced Practice handbook in the first instance.
If your question is not answered in the handbook or you would like any additional information, please contact ACPenquirieslondon@hee.nhs.uk
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