AAPE UK participation in AfroPHC (African forum for Primary Health Care) including Advanced Practice

Annabella Gloster participated in a webinar on Tuesday 18th February 2020 and has provided this summary for those of you who want to know more:

“Bongi Sibanda has been working collaboratively with AfroPHC (African forum for primary health care) to bring together leaders of PHC teams to support each in other developments and including the Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) role.

Bongi is an educator, healthcare consultant & Advanced Nurse Practitioner with special interests in Interprofessional Education/Collaborative Practice (IPECP) and Health Policy.

AfroPHC delivers regular webinars, discussion group forums, and has a link with the leaders of PHC teams in each country.

They are hosting their inaugural conference this year in Johannesburg 19-21st June 2020. The Africa APN Regional Symposium will be held on the 18th of June 2020 at the same venue.

In collaboration with the Anglophone Africa APN Coalition, which has been the work Bongi has been involved in (2017-2020) (AAAPNC) there are now combined efforts by individual countries to introduce APN roles.

They have had involvement of many organisations to establish this work such as from ICN, ICN APN network, WHO, AANP, AfrIPEN and many others.

Their vision is to advocate and coordinate policy for APN nursing in Africa and they have adapted the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation (2008) within the African context to do this. They are considering developing an Afrocentric model (future research) as the model used was developed in the USA. The Conceptual Policy Framework for Advanced Practice Nursing (Schober et al 2016) was applied to guide the Anglophone Africa APN Coalition work.

Their initial work is looking at nurse anaesthetists, nurse practitioners, advanced practice midwives and clinical nurse specialist.

The leadership pillar must take into account policy development / advocacy as a core area for APN’s in Africa.”

If you want to keep abreast of the work take a look at their website and @AfricaAPN




Key report from Council for Deans Health includes important results for Advanced Clinical Practice education

In January 2020, the Council of Deans Health published their analysis of the Council’s academic staffing census 2019.

This identified a theme related to challenges for Universities who are delivering Advanced Clinical Practice programmes for sustained provision and expanding capacity.

This will have been circulated to your Deans and Heads of School but it is important that you also see this too, along with the recommendations.

Chair Katrina Maclaine has discussed the conclusions with Fleur Neilsen at the the Council of Deans Health.  We are considering strategies to ensure that the issues highlighted in this report remain at the forefront of discussions regarding the current and future workforce in the higher education sector.

Free workshop for AAPE UK Members: Masterclass for ACP educators

AAPE UK in collaboration with Health Education England (HEE) are providing a series of masterclasses on key topics identified in the Long Term Plan (NHS England, 2019).  This aims to enable ACP educators to equip their graduates with the knowledge and skills needed to transform services across all services.

The next one is on Friday 21st February 10am – 2pm hosted by University of Salford.   This will focus on three key topics: Population and Public Health, Leadership and Mental Health.

AAPE UK members have two free places per education provider.

Further information and to book a place please email Annabella Gloster via

We are planning another event for May 2020 so look out for details.

New Advanced Clinical Practice standard for Nurses working in General Practice launched this month

AAPE UK are delighted to note the launch of this important publication which articulates the scope and level of practice that should be expected from Advanced Nurse Practitioners working in General Practice.

AAPE UK participated in the Steering Group that worked with Skills for Health to produce this standard.

This is now being used as a spring-board for work to develop standards for Advanced Clinical Practitioners of all professions within the primary care context.

University College Man, Isle of Man join AAPE UK membership

We are very pleased to welcome University College Man, Isle of Man into membership of AAPE UK. Dr Lyz Howard contacted us as the Programme Leader for the first MSc Advanced Clinical Practice programme delivered on the Isle of Man.

This demonstrates how AAPE UK is increasingly recognised within the Higher Education Institution community as a key association to join for all involved in advanced clinical practice education.

A key goal for 2020 is to increase our membership further to this is a great start to the year.

AAPE Annual conference and AGM presentations from 29th March 2019 (Coventry University)

We held another very successful conference this year hosted by Coventry University.   Approximately 70 delegates attended and benefited from hearing presentations from a range of speakers and updates on advanced practice activities across the four countries of the UK.

Most of the presentations have been made available to you below.

We are in the process of reviewing the evaluations to inform our conference planning for 2020.  If you have any suggestions please contact the Deputy Chair Annabella Gloster via

Outcome of AAPE UK Elections

We are delighted to announce that results from the elections held on Friday 29th March 2019  were announced at the AGM as follows:

Re-elected to the Committee

  • Annabella Gloster
  • Kathy Haigh
  • Chris Inman
  • Anna Jones
  • Katrina Maclaine
  • Helen Orton
  • Jacky Price
  • Deborah Slade
  • Hilary Walsgrove

Two new Committee members were elected as follows:

  • Colette Henderson (University of Dundee)
  • Helen Rushforth (University of Southampton)

The Committee now stands at 16 which is the maximum allowed under the Constitution.


Final programme for AAPE UK Annual conference now available

We have now finalised the programme for our next annual conference on Friday 29th March 2019.  Please see the attached for details and for the eventbrite link.

We hope to see you all at Coventry University for what will be a very informative and important date in the calendar for all those involved in education related to Advanced Clinical Practice across the UK.

Don’t forget to let us know if you want to enter the poster presentations via



We are delighted to note that we have recently welcomed a flurry of new members to our AAPE UK membership making our new total the highest yet at 48 Universities.

The is excellent news.  The more universities we have in our membership, the more power and influence we can have in the current discussions on advanced practice taking place in all four countries of the UK.