Annual Funding Timeline
This is a summary of the 2024-25 timeline of key activities for the development and funding of trainee Advanced Practitioner’s by the South West Faculty of Advancing Practice. This is intended a guide for organisations within the region to understand the annual processes for applying for funding and where this fits in with the commissioning cycle and organisational workforce planning. It also details the scheduled key educational quality checks between the Faculty and organisation.
|Communication from the South West Faculty for Advanced Practice detailing upcoming demand scoping activity, funding support
& governance maturity matrix
|Governance maturity matrix and South West Handbook link emailed to Integrated Care Boards, Organisations and Primary Care Training Hubs. Governance maturity matrix to be completed and submitted by closing date of scoping survey.
|December / January
|Organisations to prepare for upcoming Demand Scoping Survey
|Organisations to identify Advanced Practice trainees requiring funding through their overall workforce planning and transformation processes. Relevant details e.g., Education Provider course should be included in the planning. Completing the NHS England Centre for Advancing Practice Governance Maturity Matrix.
|January / February
|Demand Scoping Survey opens for applications
|Annual Demand Scoping survey online application open between defined dates, which will be confirmed by the Faculty on an annual basis. Link sent via email to Advanced Practice Lead or nominated individual in each organisation or Primary Care Training Hub
|February / March / April
|Closing of Demand Scoping Survey and submission of NHS England Centre for Advancing Practice Governance Maturity Matrix
|NHS England Centre for Advancing Practice Governance Maturity Matrix and Annual Demand Scoping survey to be completed and returned to NHS England South West Faculty of Advanced Practice
|March / April
|South West Faculty for Advanced Practice application review
|Applications reviewed by NHS England South West Faculty for Advanced Practice. Please note, the Faculty may contact the Advanced Practice Lead or nominated individual, supervisors, or trainees to ensure the application is complete and appropriate.
|April / May
|Indicative numbers shared with Education Providers
|Indicative numbers sent to education providers to assist capacity planning where possible.
|April / May
|Trainees’ application to education provider
|Trainees must complete application process with education providers (if they do not already have a place confirmed).
|April / May / June / July
|Provisional offer for advanced practice funding sent to advanced practice leads or nominated individuals
|Provisional funding offers sent to Advanced Practice Leads or nominated individuals. Advanced Practice Leads or nominated individuals to ensure completion of outstanding requirements for each trainee this includes:
• Commitment statement
• Trainee data collection survey
• Confirmation of course place (employer/trainee led)
|May / June / July
|Confirmation of funded trainees with Advanced Practice lead or nominated individuals
|NHS England South West Faculty for Advanced Practice to send final list of funded trainees to AP lead or nominated individual. Change Control Notice to follow and be signed before funding is transferred.
|Validation of trainee course place with education providers
|NHS England &
|Education providers to confirm names of trainees that have secured a course place.
|August / September
|Funding is transferred to organisations or Primary Care Training Hubs. NHS England South West Faculty for Advanced Practice to provide list of trainees with amounts funded to Advanced Practice Leads or nominated individuals to pass onto departments, so they can access funding.
|Funding available to departments via internal mechanisms. GP practices to contact Primary Care Training Hubs to find out how to access funding for their trainees.
|October / November