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:



Update on Health Education England Advanced Clinical Practice project (August 2016)


In the latter part of 2015, Health Education England started a project in relation to Advanced Clinical Practice aiming to establish an agreed framework with a common definition and core principles with a multidisciplinary application.  A Steering Group was established.  The opportunity was taken to utilise an existing group of LETB representatives and advanced practice health professionals who had been already meeting for a year to share local advanced clinical practice frameworks and guidance.  This group has become the working reference group for the HEE project.

AAPE UK have representation on both groups:  Ruth Pearce (former Chair of AAPE UK) is a member of the Steering Group and Katrina Maclaine (Current Chair of AAPE UK) is on the working group.

Meetings of both groups are being held regularly with good attendance and enthusiastic participation.  The time line for the project has recently been extended from 1 year to 2 years in recognition of the scale of the project, however it is hoped that a definition with principles will be produced as on of the interim outputs.

Thoughts from Katrina Maclaine on themes from recent working group meetings:

The enthusiasm for this project has been high with lots of discussion and debate on issues that have vexed everyone involved in advanced practice for many many years.  As a result achieving a consensus has been challenging but a very interesting process.

For example is the intention to set a standard for advanced clinical practice as a level of practice or rather to define the role advanced clinical practitioner. We have agreed the former (using the reasoning already well articulated in the Welsh Advanced Practice policy) however anxiety in the practitioners in the group remains regarding how this will help the multitude of titles and consistency of terms for patients and colleagues.

Another key aspect that many of us have emphasised is the need to not reinvent the wheel, with high quality UK and international and profession specific work to draw on.   We undertook an exercise where multiple definitions of advanced practice were mapped and key common words highlighted.  This enabled us to synthesis a draft definition which will be put to the Steering group for consideration.  In this we particularly emphasised the importance of the four pillars, not only as separate key aspects of advanced practice but also as integral to and underpinning each other to ensure that the level of practice is significantly different from the standard of a newly qualified health professional.

The most contentious issue has been whether there should be a set standard for educational preparation and if so what this should be.   Some members want “masters level thinking” focusing on demonstrating experiential learning, while others of us are strongly pushing for a full MSc award with the curriculum based around all 4 pillars.

There was some email debate following the last meeting so I thought it might be worth sharing what I contributed (see below).  I would welcome your thoughts to enable Ruth and I to reflect your opinions as AAPE UK members in the group discussions. 

As I said at the meeting I strongly advocate a full MSc ACP for the future standard with agreed themes for content based around the 4 pillars that form part of our proposed definition.

This does not stifle creativity and can be outcome focussed with recognition of prior and experiential learning optimised.

I looked that some of the other Local office standards and also the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland, RCEM and international work.

MSc Advanced Practice is now the common proposed standard and I think any suggestions for England not to act similarly would be a serious mistake in terms of reputation and its impact on reducing inter-country barriers for a mobile global workforce.

Their rationale does refer to international comparisons, however they also importantly emphasise:

  1. The need to establish consistency to sustain the future of advanced clinical practice with a single framework to support employers, service leads and senior clinicians to articulate the role, its function and the education requirements.
  2. Recognition of the level of practitioner that will result from a full MSc with a specific curriculum designed to fully optimise the knowledge, skills and competencies that are characteristic of advanced clinical practice, will be higher than that for a lower masters level award such as a module, PgCert or PgDip.   This is key for delivering the future policy agenda nationally and locally in England.

I know there may be a perception that as an HEI we have a vested interest in advocating for a full MSc, however my experience from the being on the UKCC Higher Level Steering Group (1994) piloted a standard for trying to regulate advanced nursing, subsequently as part of the NMC working group on regulating Advanced Nurse Practitioners (2004), and then on the Department of Health group to define Advanced Nursing (2010) has demonstrated to me that “masters level thinking” is not sufficient to provide a the single standard needed to enable us to move on from the constant debate about the standards needed for preparation of health professionals for advanced practice.

The issue of affordability came up last Thursday.  This is a challenging one but I don’t think we should modify our goals based on this.

I realise there are other views but wanted to share my thoughts so they could be included in information for the Steering group to consider.

Katrina’s contact email is 


We will provide further updates on this work.  

Our conference in March 2017 will also include a presentation from Mark Radford who is co-chairing the Steering Group for this important project. 

Coventry University 4th NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ADVANCED CLINICAL PRACTICE – The Advanced Clinical Practice Kaleidoscope

Wednesday 13th July 2016 9:00AM – 5:00PM

NHS Trust in partnership with Coventry University are hosting the
4th National Conference on Advanced Clinical Practice. This event will
provide opportunities for professional growth and practice, as well as a
great way to network with other Advanced Clinical Practitioners within the
wider health economy.
This event is aimed at Advanced Clinical Practitioners and those with an
interest in the role from Acute and Primary Health Care
Don’t miss the opportunity for:

Presentation by leading health policy authorities
Updates on Advanced Clinical Practice
Surgical Training Centre Clinical Skills Workshops
Advanced Practice Development Workshops
To take part in ACP Educate podcast

The event is FREE for UHCW staff.
To register email:
External delegates will be charged at £50 per person

The COST for external delegates to attend the day including lunch and refreshments is
£50.00 each. (This is non refundable once a place has been booked)
Anne Dela Cerna, Practice Development Office, 5th Floor, East Wing, University Hospital,
Clifford Bridge Road Coventry, CV2 2DX.
Regrettably we are unable to invoice you for the cost of the conference.

New Chair of AAPE UK

I have great pleasure in introducing myself as the new Chair of AAPE UK.  I have taken over from Ruth Pearce who has stepped down due to a change in her academic remit.  Ruth has been an excellent Chair and the committee really appreciates her contribution and enthusiasm.

I am Associate Professor (Advanced Practice) at London South Bank University. I’ve been involved in Nurse Practitioner education for 15 years, following graduation from the RCN Institute NP programme in 1994 while I was working in General Practice in Newham, East London. I’ve been a long-term advocate for collaboration between providers of advanced nursing education and contributed to the establishment of AANPE by chairing the first seminar for UK NP education representatives in 2001.  Subsequently I’ve actively lobbied for UK-wide standards for advanced nursing education and practice as an AANPE committee member and as the RCN NP Adviser (2002-2007), member of the Department of Health (England) Advanced Nursing Practice Steering group (2010) and more recently membership of Health Education Englands (HEE’s_ national Local Education and Training Board (LETB) group working to develop HEE standards for advanced clinical practice across England.

These have reinforced my belief in the value of AAPE UK for influencing development and implementation of policy at local and national level within all four countries and internationally.  I look forward to working with the committee and wider AAPE UK membership at such a significant time for advanced practice.

2016 has started well for AAPE UK with an excellent conference in March in Salford. The caliber of speakers was evaluated highly – their presentations are available on the Conferences section of this site.

The agenda included the AGM which fed into the updated action plan for 2016 -2017 – you can read more on this website.  Leads are identified but please contact us if you want to contribute to one of the activities.

At the conference, we took the opportunity to co-opt representatives from allied health professionals to strengthen the interprofessional focus of the committee.   This is important for enabling the committee to better reflect the multi-professional mix that now exists within the majority of advanced practice programmes across the UK.

Advanced practice is making headlines regularly now, being heralded by some as the solution to the medical workforce and emergency care crises.  This has attracted national press and debate with the usual questions about the risks of “dumbing down medicine”.  There is not doubt that innovative solutions are urgently needed to meet the challenges of an aging workforce, recruitment and retention difficulties and social trends with an aging population and escalating numbers of patients with complex health needs.  There are now examples of Advanced Practitioners providing safe and effective high quality patient care across all health settings and the benefits to the multi-disciplinary team and wider organisation are also evident in recent evaluations.  These successes are driving a significant escalation in demand for advanced practice programmes, which is particularly notable in a time of reduced funding for education.

However a key issue central to the future direction of advanced practice and associated education across the UK is whether  advanced practitioners should prepared as “medical-substitutes” or have a more rounded scope and focus that values the leadership, educator and researcher aspects, alongside the advanced clinical dimension.   This latter approach is widely advocated in multiple examples of advanced practice literature and national and international policy, but seems to be disregarded in the drive for a quick and cheap solution.

AAPE UK is lobbying at every opportunity to avoid a reductionist, limited approach to the education of health professionals to work at an advanced level of practice. Anything less is a missed opportunity for the future impact and full return on investment for advanced practice.

The committee also has four country representation so we plan to provide regular updates on what the impact of our discussions in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Best wishes

Katrina Maclaine