London Funding to Become an Advanced Practitioner

Overview of 2023/24 funding

Training PathwayTuition FeesSupervision Fee
Advanced Practice MSc QualificationFull tuition fees paid to the HEI for a period of up to 3 years practice.£2,500
Advanced Practice ApprenticeshipN/A (paid by the employer through the apprenticeship levy)£6,000
Advanced Practice Portfolio Route:
Top-up modules
Tuition fees paid to the HEI for named modules as agreed between NHSE and the employer. Modules must be completed within the academic year and must upskill the individual to fully meet the Multi-Professional Advanced Practice FrameworkN/A

Advanced Practice is delivered by experienced, registered health care practitioners. It is a level of practice characterised by a high degree of autonomy and complex decision making. This is underpinned by an academic level 7 master’s level award or equivalent that encompasses the four pillars of clinical practice, leadership and management, education, and research, with demonstration of area specific clinical competence. Advanced Practitioners come from a range of professional backgrounds such as Nursing, Midwifery, Pharmacy, and the Allied Health Professions. The Multi-Professional Advanced Clinical Practice Framework provides a clear and consistent approach to the development of advanced practice across England.

To become an accredited advanced practitioner, you will need to complete a recognised Advanced Practice Master’s programme. For individuals already working at an advanced level of practice who have not undertaken this formal educational pathway, there remains an opportunity to seek recognition of your advanced practice capabilities and educational equivalence via the Centre for Advancing Practice’s ePortfolio (Supported) Route. The availability of the ePortfolio route a time limited opportunity; its continuing availability will be dependent on continued demand and funding.

NHSE is supporting the development of Advanced Practitioner roles in 23/24 by offering a package of funding and support for trainees. There are three Advanced Practice training pathways and employers are invited to put forward requests for funding under the training pathways outlined below. There is the intention, subject to budget signoff, to provide funding as detailed:

➢ Advanced Practice MSc Qualification: Funding for tuition fees for a period of up to three years for an Advanced Practice programme. NHSE will pay the full tuition costs directly to the HEI. In addition, NHSE offer a supervision grant of £2,500 per annum, per individual paid directly to the employer. The purpose of the grant is to support Advanced Practitioners with workplace-based supervision and assessment.

➢ Advanced Practice Apprenticeship: For organisations who utilise the apprenticeship levy for funding of programme fees, NHSE’s contribution to workplace supervision will be increased to £6,000 per annum. 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.

➢ Advanced Practice Top-Up Modules: Only top-up module requests for conversion of NHSE-funded Post Graduate Diplomas (PGDip) to the full MSc will be funded by NHSE London. Any requests for stand-alone modules that could complete an established Advanced Practitioner mapping of capabilities against the domains of the Multi-Professional Framework for Advanced Clinical Practice would be directed to the national e-Portfolio (Supported) Route process to receive recognition by the Centre of Advancing Practice. All e-portfolio (Supported) routes requests must be discussed with the Employer named Advanced Practice Lead.

➢ Speciality Advanced Practice Programmes: This funding is available where it is clearly demonstrated that the completion of a speciality MSc programme will meet a specific workforce need that cannot be met by current generic Advanced Practice pathways.

To provide this assurance, the employer, supported by the ICB, will be required to submit a business case outlining the workforce development plan. This should include the speciality training need of the Advanced Practice workforce as well as outlines of job descriptions confirming the roles available to trainees on completion of their speciality programme that fully map to the domains of the Multi-professional Framework for Advanced Clinical Practice. The employer will also be required to attend one of the drop-in sessions that will be made available during the demand process, to discuss the request with the faculty.

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

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