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Resources for advancing practice

The implementation guide provides an overview of advanced practice in midwifery and offers insights into topics including education and training, workforce planning, governance, supervision, and career development. Links to other resources and case study examples are also included.   

Advance Practice in Midwifery Implementation Guide

This framework aims to help create the new midwifery roles required to meet the health needs of the population. Health Education England commissioned an analysis and recommendations, that formed the basis of this framework.

Access the Advanced Clinical Practice in Midwifery: Capability Framework

This maturity matrix is for health and care organisations across all settings. So they can formatively self-assess their progress on the governance of advanced practice against each domain. Helping to indicate whether they are making either early progress, substantial progress, or are mature in the governance of advanced practice within their organisation.

Access the maturity matrix

High-quality supervision for healthcare professionals moving into trainee advanced practice roles is essential. It supports the development of confidence and capability and underpins patient and practitioner safety. Our guidance for supervisors, managers, employers, and trainee advanced practitioners outlines The Centre for Advancing Practice minimum expected standards for supervision.

Access the workplace supervision resources

Workplace supervision for advanced clinical practice provides practical and comprehensive guidance for workplace supervision of trainee advanced practitioners. It draws on an array of resources and advice, setting out clear pathways for both the trainee and supervisor. 

Workplace supervision for advanced clinical practice
Workplace supervision for advanced clinical practice – supporting videos

Our myth busting resource aims to address some of the common myths surrounding advanced practice in mental health. It is available for staff and services to better understand the level of practice and the benefits advanced practice roles can have in transforming service delivery and improving patient care

Access the Myth-busting: Advanced practice in mental health document

This implementation guide provides an overview of advanced practice in mental health. Offering guidance on education and training, workforce planning, governance, supervision, and career development. It is for health and care employers who work in a range of primary, secondary, community and emerging settings. As well as people in strategic teams who are supporting the implementation and development of advanced practice roles across mental health services.

Access the advanced practice in mental health implementation guide

The overall aim of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) is to provide employees and employers with the ability to deliver high quality safe and effective person-centred patient care. It is also recognised that there are strong links between high-quality CPD and improved patient safety. 

Signpost for Continuing Professional Development

This framework provides standards and guidance for the knowledge and skills required for non-medical eye healthcare professionals to deliver patient care. It is well known that there is a need for a systematic patient-centred approach to multi-disciplinary education and training in order to ensure standardised and recognised competences across all ophthalmic secondary care locations in the UK.

Access the Ophthalmic Common Clinical Competency Framework


In May 2020, Health Education England (now NHS England) commissioned a two-week, crowdsourcing, online workshop to generate insight into the lived experiences of advanced and consultant practitioners during the COVID-19 pandemic. HEE undertook a simple thematic analysis of the anonymised qualitative data. 

The workshop illustrated that 85% of advanced practitioners reported feeling that they had made a useful contribution to the response to COVID 19, 48% felt that their skills had been fully utilised, with only 9% feel that their skills had not been used. This does, however, mean that 52% could have been enabled to offer more of their skills to the response.

Access the impact of COVID-19 report

The Multi-professional framework for advanced clinical practice in England described the high-level imperative for a new approach to development and assurance for advanced practitioners. The health and care system is rapidly evolving to deliver innovative models of care to meet the increasing demands of individuals, families and communities. Not only has the education and training of traditional professional and clinical groups changed rapidly in recent years to account for the changing requirements of employers, patients and the public, so too has the emergence of new specialisms, including the role of advanced clinical practice.

Access the developing advanced practice in clinical care: analysis of physical and online workshops resources