International Networking

International Links 

AAPE UK developed from an initial formal affiliation with the National Organisation of Nurse Practitioner Faculties USA (NONPF). For information go to:

AAPE UK representatives have attended the biannual international ICN Nurse Practitioner / Advanced Practice Network conferences over the past decade.  We hosted a workshop at the event in Helsinki, Finland (Summer 2014) to promote AAPE UK and discuss strategies for increasing international links

and collaboration as advanced practice developments gather momentum in Europe.

As a result we have proposed an amendment to our Constitution at the AGM in March 2017 to add a new membership category of

AAPE UK International Affiliate Membership 

This is offered to a fully paid up University outside of the UK that is preparing to /delivering full Advanced Practice postgraduate programmes of education developing healthcare professionals to work at an advanced level.  This membership allows free access to AAPE UK events, access to all consultation activity and access to the website resources.  One representative from each University is eligible to vote in elections and stand for AAPE UK Committee membership.

We hope that this will be an exciting opportunity to build on the informal links

that AAPE UK members have already established.

Please contact the Chair Annabella Gloster for more details via


For ADVANCED PRACTICE WEEK 2017 #AdvPracWeek17 we have provided four personal reflections on Advanced Practice relating to Poland, Ireland, Mauritius and Chicago, USA.  See Document section below.

10th ICN Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practice Nurse Conference,  26th – 29th August 2018 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Four of the AAPE UK Committee were fortunate to attend this conference this year, with 1,200 delegates from 52 countries in attendance. This event was particularly timely as the country The Netherlands have now passed legislation to protect the title “Nurse Practitioner”.  A key theme across the presentations was the challenges that all countries are facing with escalating costs of healthcare and population demographics and disease trends causing spiralling complexity.  These were providing a growing catalyst for nurses to challenge traditions clinically and professionally to provide the right skills in the right place at the right time.  The importance of leadership was also a strong theme throughout the conference whether as an individual pioneers in countries such as Haiti or West Africa, or the nursing profession in continuing to make the case that advanced nursing is being a “mini-doctor”.  One of the best presentations was given by Dr Melanie Rogers (from University of Huddersfield) who is the current Chair of the network. She gave an impassioned speech emphasising the importance of the therapeutic approach that advanced nurses use.  She is leading work to review the ICN NP/APN definition and will be asking for feedback on this in a formal consultation.  This will include consideration of the place of Clinical

Nurse Specialists within the advanced practice umbrella.

Dr Ruth Pearce has provided her feedback on her experience below.

Our presentations can be accessed under the Documents & Publications section of this site.

International conference reports and perspectives
TitleOwnerModified DateSizeFile
CN Conference Report Annabelle Gloster 12/12/2016 40.87 KB Download
CN Conference Report Linda East 21/12/2016 96.41 KB Download
AP Poland 15/11/2017 265.92 KB Download
AP Ireland 15/11/2017 333.16 KB Download
AP Mauritius 15/11/2017 247.13 KB Download
AP Chicago 15/11/2017 700.58 KB Download
ICN Conference feedback Ruth Peace 17/09/2018 50.39 KB Download