Outcome of AAPE UK survey of AHPs and Pharmacists on Advanced Practice courses

We are pleased to share the outcomes of the survey we conducted in May 2018 to gain a better picture of the number, type and trends of AHPs and pharmacists accessing advanced practice education over the last 3 years.

Thank you to those who contributed.

The report is provided on this site under “Publications”.

We will share this to inform advanced practice developments and discussions.


I am delighted to announce that the Eventbrite to book your place for our next AAPE UK Annual Conference on Friday 29th JUNE  2018 in Glasgow is now open.

Keynote speakers will update on current thinking with regards to advanced practice and advanced practice education, and join in discussion and debate with the interested audience of advanced practice educators, practitioners, service providers and students.

Keynote speakers:

  • Jane Harris, Programme Director, NHS Education for Scotland
  • Bob Fellows Clinical Tutor Head of Professional Development College of Paramedics
  • Dr Jenny Preston MBE, Consultant OT, Chair RCOT
  • Professor Alison Leary,  Healthcare and Workforce Modelling, London South Bank University

The conference will provide a forum for celebration of current and future practice initiatives and innovations including the culture, vision, research of advanced practice in; Nursing, Paramedic Science, Occupational therapy, and many others. The day will finish with the AAPE UK AGM.

Please see link below to book.


HEI Members get two places free per University.

Others can attend for £25.  Please contact Annabella Gloster for details via a.s.gloster@salford.ac.uk

We hope you will also consider submitting a poster as we want as many as possible this year and there will be a prize!

Video available of LSBU Health Debate “When does Advanced Clinical Practice stop being Nursing?”  Wednesday 15th November 2017.

London South Bank University held this debate last week as our  contribution to the activities for the first Advanced Practice week in the UK #AdvPracWeek17.

We were delighted with the number of people who attended and participated in what was a very successful event.   Attendees voted on key themes before and after the debate with some notable changes in thinking as demonstrated in the attached presentation.  We will be righting this event up for the Journal of Research in Nursing so please look out for that.

We Periscoped the event via @LSBUdebates at the time but have been asked to share the recording for those of you who could not attend or want to review the discussions.


We are now planning for Advanced Practice week 2018.  Look out for details.

Katrina Maclaine, Associate Professor Advanced Practice, LSBU maclaik@lsbu.ac.uk

AAPE UK representation in ICH NP/APN Network Health Policy Subgroup

We are delighted to announce that Anna Neary (Senior Lecturer, University of the West of England) and AAPE UK Committee member has been appointed to join the ICN Nurse Practitioner /Advanced Practice Nursing Network subgroup.

This provides an opportunity for AAPE UK to further develop its international profile and participate in important global discussions regarding advanced practice.

Anna will provide updates on her activity in due course.   If there are any points that you like her to bring up in her representation please let her know via Anna2.Neary@uwe.ac.uk



From 12th to 18 TH NOVEMBER 2017

The USA have successfully used their annual Nurse Practitioner week to celebrate and showcase their activities and opinions using formal and informal events and particularly social media.

AAPE UK wanted to build on this idea to start an annual Advanced Practice week in the UK.  We have synchronised the week with our US colleagues to enable international networking, sharing and dialogue.

We hope that you will use the resources below as the stimulus to use this important opportunity to promote the excellent work that Advanced Practitioners are doing to a wide range of key stakeholders.

Please let us know about your activities using  #AdvPracWeek17

AP week flyer AAPE UK 2017[2]

AAPEUK Interview Guide[2]

Social Media
The Advanced practice community is beginning to thrive on social networking sites. AAPE UK invites you to join your colleagues in engaging in conversations by visiting the sites below. Participating in social media is a great way to connect with other APs, to stay current and share news. We look forward to seeing you online soon!

Join AAPE UK’s Facebook page

Follow AAPE UK on twitter

AAPEUK Social Media[2]

We are delighted to note the Health Education England will be launching their English Advanced Clinical Practice framework on Thursday 16th November to coincide with this week.

Summer updates on AAPE UK activity

Health Education England Advanced Clinical Practice Framework – the launch of this work will now take place on Thursday 16th November as part of large event (this coincides with Advanced Practice week – see below). The Framework will be available from https://hee.nhs.uk/our-work/developing-our-workforce/advanced-clinical-practice  The details of the launch event are yet to be confirmed but I know many people are waiting for this work to be published.  The Framework will be supported by other resources in a Toolkit approach in due course.   Ruth Pearce from University of Nottingham is on the Steering Group for this work and I am on the Working Group and we have participated in all the meetings to date and given feedback on the framework document.


Higher Apprenticeship Advanced Clinical Practitioner – I am part of the Trailblazer group so have been very involved in the work to date.  A key aspect has been remembering the strict parameters regarding what can be categorised as an apprentice or not.  This has guided the revision of the draft standard following consultation with the main focus being how an Advanced Clinical Practitioner is a new role rather than continuing professional development of an existing health or social care practitioner.  We have drafted potential End Point Assessment requirements and these are being finalised and costed.  We hope to submit the proposals to the Institute of Apprenticeship by September and then respond to any issues that they raise.  A key issue will be the nationally agreed price for the course so we are putting in costings that reflect the higher expenditure incurred for advanced practice masters programmes, however the final decision on what level it should be is taken by the Institute.   We realise that many HEI’s will have experience of running apprenticeship courses but not at this level so there is a lot of learning and uncertainty.   I will update as more information is available and am advocating for an event for dissemination of information enable planning ahead for Sept 2018 implementation.


Save the date!  AAPE UK annual conference Friday 2nd March 2018 – Glasgow “Transforming the culture of healthcare through Advanced Practice” – we hope that many of you will be able to join us next year for our next event.  Remember that membership entitles you to two free places per institution.  More details will follow but we will include updates on UK activity and hear from some advanced practice innovators.    We really want as many posters as possible this year too.


Finally AAPE UK are promoting the first UK National Advanced Practice Week from 12th – 18th November 2017.   The aim is to raise awareness in all forums using local events, conferences and social media.  It ties in with a similar event that occurs regularly in the USA.   We will circulate more information and a poster but start planning.  Our University Marketing and Communications team were really interested and want to do a feature on our course in that week so why not consider the same for yours?  A conference is planned by University of Salford on Tues 24th November.   Use #AdvPracWeek17 to start promoting this to your students, colleagues and local organisations.   We hope it will become an annual event.


Katrina Maclaine

Chair of AAPE UK

Associate Professor Advanced Practice, London South Bank University



Development of Apprenticeship Standard for Advanced Clinical Practitioner

AAPE UK are delighted to note approval of the submission of an expression of interest to the Department of Education to develop an apprenticeship standard for Advanced Clinical Practitioner.

An employer leg Trailblazer group has its first meeting this week.  This will take forward the drafting of the Apprenticeship Standard and accompanying end-point assessment plan.  Once ready for wider consultation, an on-line survey will be available at


Sam Foster, Chief Nurse at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust and Chair of the Trailblazer said

This is an exciting opportunity for us to build on the existing high quality national ACP work. In the coming months we will bring together the wealth of experience across professions to progress the development of an apprenticeship standard. It will enable the health sector to plan and progress these roles in a variety of settings, to deliver high quality care to patients across a range of pathways. The apprenticeship will also provide clinicians with an exciting career structure and retain them in clinical practice.

I have been asked, on behalf of London South Bank University, to be part of the Trailblazer group and look forward to working to with colleagues to make the most of this exciting opportunity for an additional model for ACP development and funding.

I will provide updates as appropriate.

Katrina Maclaine

Chair of AAPE UK


NEW MEMBERSHIP CATEGORY – International Affiliate Membership

AAPE UK is delighted to announce a new membership category.   This was agreed at our annual general meeting on Friday 3rd March 2017.

We feel this is an important step to facilitate greater networking and collaboration.

International Affiliate Membership will be open to any University which is preparing to or already delivers full Advanced Practice Postgraduate programmes of education which develops health care professionals to work at an advanced level.

The annual membership fee is £150 per University.

This entitles the member University to:

  • have access to the website resources
  • have updates on AAPE UK consultation activity
  • have two free places at the annual AAPE UK conference
  • one vote in the AAPE UK committee elections

There is one place for an International Affiliate Member in the AAPE UK Committee membership.

To join, please contact our Membership Director, Hilary Walsgrove (Bournemouth University) via hwalsgrove@bournemouth.ac.uk