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  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


International RCN Education Conference 2017





Nursing education and professional development: the global perspective


RCN Education Forum International Conference & Exhibition 2017




Date: Tuesday 21 – Wednesday 22 March 2017


Location: Cardiff City Hall, Gorsedd Gardens Road, Cardiff, CF10 3ND




Day 1

8.15am                 Registration

9.25am – 5.30pm              Conference


Day 2

8.35am                                 Registration

9.35am – 4.45pm              Conference


Why attend?:


This conference will support you as a healthcare educator by updating you on latest developments, facilitating discussion that will help shape best practice and provide a platform to network with nursing colleagues from across the world.


  • Accrue over 15 hours of CPD
  • Discover the latest developments and research in the field of nursing education.
  • Hear from colleagues on their projects. Reflect on their findings and  explore how you can use this knowledge to improve your practice.
  • Attend themed sessions, conveyed by expert facilitators, participate and contribute to the discussions and debate.
  • Use this opportunity to network with your peers, mentor and support colleagues and showcase the work of your employer
  • Use the opportunity to ask the RCN those questions you want answers to


Programme highlights include:


  • Confirmed keynote speakers: Professor Dame Jill McLeod Clark, Professor Jan Dewing, Dr Alison Steven and Professor Pauline Pearson


  • Interactive sessions:  workshops and masterclasses


  • The global and 4 country perspective


  • Have your say: ‘ask the RCN’ panel and peer recognition of best posters


Who should attend?:


This conference is designed to support all healthcare educators from around the UK and the globe in the clinical and professional setting. This includes those working in NHS, private and voluntary sectors, universities and colleges. Students and those wishing to pursue a career in nursing education are also warmly encouraged to attend.


Conference fees


£300.00 for RCN members

£440.00 for non-members



  • nursing student (pre-registration only)/ associate retired/ HCA / AP: 40% discount
  • accredited RCN rep: 25% discount
  • RCN credit card: £15 discount
  • groups of 3 or more: 10% discount when booked together
  • only one discount can be used for each booking
  • discounts do not apply for accommodation


For further information


Contact Liz Russ, Conference & Events Organiser, RCN

Tel: 0207 647 3591



Save the Date!!! AAPE UK Annual Conference 2017 Innovations in Advanced Practice Education: The Time is Now

AAPE programme 2017 with poster information Final

Save the Date!!!!

AAPE UK Annual Conference 2017

Innovations in Advanced Practice Education: The Time is Now

Friday 3rd March 2017
9am – 4:00pm

UWE Bristol Exhibition and Conference Centre (ECC)
UWE Bristol Exhibition and Conference Centre
North Entrance
Filton Road
Bristol, BS34 8QZ


Sepsis Unplugged 2016

The UK Sepsis Trust ‘Sepsis Unplugged’ Conference 2016
13th – 14th October 2016
Hilton Brighton Metropole

Hosted by The UK Sepsis Trust, this conference will bring together all healthcare professions and patient groups as equals and will ask the questions which will help shape better care for patients with sepsis.

The programme features sessions on Nurses’ Role in Fixing Sepsis, The Survival Lottery – A Patient’s Experience, How We Fix Sepsis in Emergency Departments, Paediatric Sepsis, Survivor Support, Clinical Human Factors in Practice: Sepsis Moulages, NICE Guidelines and much more.

Confirmed speakers include: Ron Daniels, Mark Austin, Tom Ray, Lord Ashcroft, Sir Bruce Keogh, Melissa Mead, Professor Mark Radford, Mr Simon Swift, Dr Natasha Ratnaraja, Professor Saul Faust, Jacqui Jones and many more.

If you are on Twitter please follow @SepsisUK, @UKSepsisTrust and the new Twitter page for conference, @SepsisUP. Make sure to use #SepsisUP16 for all conference updates.



2017 International RCN Education Conference

Calling all nurse educators: do you have an innovative project, cutting edge initiative or contemporary research within the academic or practice setting to share with the nursing community?

We welcome you to submit your abstract for the leading nursing education conference aimed at advancing the art of nursing.
• Reflect and build on your work. Use debate, discussion and reflection to strengthen your knowledge.
• Learn about the work of your contemporaries. Understand how you can implement learning into your work environment to support and deliver a quality learning experience
• Hear from eminent keynote speakers on current nursing issues and discover how these will impact on your practice
• Build networks, meet like-minded peers and expand your knowledge across the professional practice sector.

By attending and sharing your experiences you will advocate for and help influence the future direction of nursing education and practice in the UK and beyond.

For further information and to submit an abstract please visit

Presenter fee just £255
Nursing education and professional development: the global perspective
RCN Education Forum International
Conference and Exhibition 2017
Tuesday 21 – Wednesday 22 March 2017
Cardiff City Hall, Gorsedd Gardens Road, Cardiff CF10 3ND

Submissions open Monday 22 August 2016                             Submissions close Monday 17 October 2016
Outcome of abstract submission communicated on Monday 7 November 2016
Full programme to be published Monday 21 November 2016

Abstract themes:

• Assessing learning.
• Continuing professional development
and specialist education.
• Placement learning and mentorship.
• The student experience.
• Partnership working and collaboration.
• Innovation.
Submissions are invited for sessions that will be delivered in innovative, interactive and engaging way to increase audience participation and discussion.

Accrue up to 14 hours of CPD

New for 2017
• Panel discussions: your opportunity to ask the experts questions you want answers to.
• Updates on the work of the RCN and how to get involved.
• The four-country perspective: understand whats happening across the sector.Please find below the links for the 2017 International RCN Education Conference:

Please click on the links below for further information: