Introduction to the faculty
In order to drive the step change in advanced practice signalled in the NHS Long Term Plan and NHS People Plan, a collaborative regional leadership model is needed to fully understand and address local system and population health needs. To achieve this, the London Faculty for Advancing Practice (AP) was established at the end of 2020 and its function is to lead and promote advanced and consultant practice as part of the workforce solutions that support regional service transformation.
The London region comprises of North West London, North Central London, North East London, South East London and South West London.
The faculty will provide leadership and support for Advanced Practitioners, trainees, employers and education providers in London and work in partnership with local systems (Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships [STPs]/ Integrated Care Systems [ICSs]) to:
– Identify demand and opportunity for AP roles that will meet system and population health needs
– Commission high quality education and training for London’s AP workforce
– Support the supervisory and learning needs of trainees
The aim of the faculty’s work will be to help meet ICS demand for Advanced Practitioners with the knowledge, skills and attributes required to provide safe, high quality and sustainable healthcare for the population of London.
The faculty’s objectives for 2021/22 include:
– Development of the regional faculty; the full faculty should be in post by the end of August 2021.
– Collaboration with regional ICSs and employers to undertake the workforce modelling and planning that will help identify opportunities for new AP roles.
– Commission the training required to meet regional AP workforce demand.
– Support providers delivering innovative training solutions and any associated evaluation and research that demonstrate the impact of AP on system efficiencies, clinical efficacy and quality of patient care.
– Develop AP communities of practice within each London ICS to provide peer support and networking opportunities for APs, trainees and their supervisors.
– Support employers with the operationalisation and implementation of workplace supervision that meets trainee APs’ learning and development needs.
– Support regional Higher Education providers with programme accreditation processes and development of new AP credentials and curricula.
– Undertake quarterly AP stakeholder engagement events to share regional developments, learning, examples of good practice and results of any research and evaluations.
– Support existing APs whose career development may not have followed a traditional academic pathway with portfolio routes to recognition of practice (TBC).
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