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The Association for Advanced Practice Educators (AAPE) UK Conference 2024 – Call for Abstracts

Call for abstracts

The Association for Advanced Practice Educators (AAPE) UK Conference 2024

“Leading together for sustainability in Advanced Practice Education”

We welcome abstracts of posters that reflect aspects of sustainable leadership in advanced practice education.

If you are involved in a project or initiative around the theme of the conference, this is your opportunity to present your findings, showcase your work, share your experiences, discuss the outcomes, and get valuable feedback from colleagues.

Accepted authors will be required to register (free) to attend the conference, in order for the abstract to be eligible for virtual display during the conference, inclusion on the programme and on the AAPE UK website. Authors will be expected to be available to answer any questions from attendees, at and following the conference via email. The posters will then be judged by the attendees at the conference and the best poster will be awarded a prize on the day.

Please submit an abstract at the following link:


Association of Advanced Practice Educators UK and Hallam Medical announce new partnership agreement

We are excited to announce our new partnership agreement with Hallam Medical

AAPE is proud and delighted to, once again, be working in partnership with Hallam Medical to support the AAPE UK annual conference in June.

Hallam Medical are a framework accredited healthcare recruitment specialist, supporting NHS and private healthcare services across the UK with the provision of experienced Healthcare Professionals. They are the UK’s leading provider of Advanced Practitioners and are a specialist agency supporting Urgent Care, Primary Care, Emergency Services, Community Health Care Services, and 111 Pathways Services.

Founder and Clinical Director of Hallam Medical, Alex Munro said:

“Hallam Medical are extremely proud to partner with Association of Advanced Practice Educators. AAPE UK are a critical and very powerful influencer for the continual development and growth of Advanced Practice in the UK and across the globe. As the UK’s leading provider of Advanced Practitioners to both our NHS client and private healthcare providers, this partnership is vitally important to us. We are very pleased to renew our agreement with AAPE UK and continue our support with them.”

Chair of AAPE UK Kathy Haigh and Deputy Chair Anna Jones said:

“The reach of AAPE UK in supporting Advanced Practice Education and Advanced Practitioners on a national and global scale would not be possible without Hallam Medical’s support. We as AAPE UK are extremely proud to work with such a dynamic company who truly understand and appreciate the impact of Advanced Practice in healthcare.”

Participatory Research June 2023 Huddersfield Conference Report

Anna Jones (Cardiff University), Colette Henderson (University of Dundee), Jonathan Thomas (Swansea University)

With thanks to AAPE for providing generous funding which was used towards travel and accommodation costs for Anna, Colette and Jon to attend a participatory research full day event in Huddersfield.

The aim of participatory research is to provide participants with the opportunity to develop their ‘voice’ to raise key concerns and issues. The participatory research event offered a unique opportunity to colleagues from across the UK to work together on ‘Aspiring Advanced Clinical Practice’. We aimed to actively involve “co-researchers” who would conventionally be regarded as research “participants” in supporting understanding of the key issues and concerns relevant to commencing advanced practice programmes of education. Central to participatory research is the notion of empowerment and this is vital to support embedding research active advanced practitioners.

We collaborated on a full day event the outcomes of which will be published. We supported individual voices to be heard and enabled newly qualified ANP’s to participate in research activity.

The topics raised will be used to inform the development of the Student Handbook housed on AAPE UK website.

We will upload this report and subsequent publications to AAPE UK website.



Provided by Sally Gosling (HEE Subject Matter Expert Credentials) and Katrina Maclaine (AAPE UK Committee Member and Academic Consultant to HEE Implementation of Credentials)

Health Education England’s Centre for Advancing Practice is actively working to promote the delivery of Centre-endorsed credential specifications. The Centre’s approach is continuing to build on stakeholder engagement activity in 2022 that involved higher education institutions (including via AAPE UK). A key focus within this is on supporting the integration of credentials’ delivery within HEIs’ existing advanced practice education provision. To build on this, a series of three webinars is being provided by the Centre and hosted by AAPE UK. The series is designed to provide AAPE members with the opportunities to do the following:

  • Receive and discuss updates on the Centre’s approach to credentials and credential implementation.
  • Consider potential ways of integrating Centre-endorsed credential specifications within advanced practice education provision.
  • Engage in open discussion on enablers and barriers to credential delivery, including to inform the ongoing development of the Centre’s approach.

Webinar 1 was held on Friday 3rd March to provide an initial overview of the intended approach and explore how HEIs can integrate credential delivery within their advanced practice MSc programmes and/or provide a credential as a stand-alone entity specifically for practitioners who have either already gained their MSc or successfully completed the Centre’s ePortfolio (supported) route. The session included time for questions and discussion and identified suggestions for the focus of Webinar 2.  A briefing paper on this topic and the slide deck from webinar 1 are attached for your information. You can also view a presentation with background information on this subject in the first half of the following recording.  If this generates any questions please bring these up at the webinars:  (21) Advanced Practice series: Credential Implementation & Programme Accreditation/Re-Accreditation – YouTube

Webinar 2 will be on Friday 21st April 11am – 1pm.   Please join us using this link  Click here to join the meeting

  • The session will start with consideration of hypothetical scenarios to illustrate how an HEI might provide one or more credentials. The intention is for these to be a catalyst for discussion with attendees.
  • The second part will focus on gaining feedback on draft materials that are being developed to support HEI update of credential delivery.  Three draft documents are attached for you to review before the webinar and to feed your comments into the webinar discussion.  They are as follows:
  • Draft standards for approving HEIs’ delivery plans
  • A draft template for supporting teams’ planning re. credential delivery.
  • An outline for planned guidance on building a business case for credential delivery.

Please note the draft status of these documents. They are being shared for comment, ahead of the webinar. They are not yet ready to be used formally. They should therefore not be shared beyond your teams.

Webinar 3 will be held on Friday 5th May 11am – 1pm.  The agenda for this session will be determined by key topics arising during webinar 2 that warrant further attention.  The meeting link will be sent out following Webinar 2.