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:


AAPE UK Annual Conference and AGM
Friday 23rd JUNE 2023


Date: Friday 23rd JUNE 2023
Time: 9 – 4.30pm
Venue: On-Line Conference

Confirmed Speakers:
Dr. Bev Harden, HEE
Dr. Deborah Harding, Associate Professor, Centre for Allied
Health, St George’s University of London
Lillian Maas, University of Rotterdam

The conference will provide a forum for critical debate around education,
supervision and regulation of advanced practice. The day will finish with the AAPE
UK Annual General Meeting.

Free registration :

We are keen to review (electronic) posters on the theme of Education,
Supervision and Regulation of Advanced Practice. Please do record your
presentation of your poster – please see Colette Henderson for details:

Call for posters: Closing date is Monday 22 nd May 2022.

Download Conference Programme

Abstract Submission Form

Presenter Biographies

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.

To Advanced Practice & Beyond Celebrating Advanced Practice Week

Online webinar Friday 13th November 10.00 a.m.- 12.00 p.m.

No pre-booking needed


As part of the celebrating Advance Practice Week, Dr Anne Johnson Consultant Occupational Therapist will be sharing her experiences of developing her career through advanced practice and beyond into non-medical consultancy.

Anne has many years of experience in healthcare and has worked across a broad range of settings. Her expertise lies in long term conditions management and developing and designing personalised care particularly for people with enduring fatigue. She has a national profile and is an invited member to various groups including the AHP Expert Advisory Group for Macmillan Cancer Support and the Council for Allied health Professions in Research (CAHPR).

The webinar will comprise a presentation by Anne and an interview with Anna Neary, Advanced Clinical Practitioner Apprenticeship Programme Lead, University of the West of England, to explore reflections, barriers and enablers to advanced practice in the workplace.

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Launch of publication “Developing professional identity in multi-professional teams” by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges

AAPE UK have contributed to the development of this guidance publication:  Developing professional identity in multi-professional teams

The project began prior to the pandemic but they have decided to release the guidance now to help inform discussions about the restoration and resetting of services, since many of the messages about multi-professional team-working seemed especially pertinent.

Given the timescales and the range of stakeholders involved they didn’t carry out a full consultation prior to publication but are very grateful for the comments and suggestions received along the way. They have cited those who contributed their time and expertise in the report’s Acknowledgements.

Their Chair, Professor Carrie MacEwen, has also produced an accompanying blog post:

ICN launches new Guidance on Advanced Practice Nursing 2020

AAPE UK are delighted to note the publication of this ICN report.  This captures key thinking and makes recommendations to inform and influence global development and consolidation of advanced nursing across all settings and health care systems.

AAPE UK contributed to the analysis and deliberations that informed this work.  While the UK context is now multiprofessional, the contents of this publication still has relevance to the four countries of the UK and advanced clinical practice within other professions beyond nursing.


We are delighted to announce the following results from the recent postal voting for the 6 available AAPE UK Committee places:

  • Ruth Pearce (Nottingham) returning to committee
  • Anna Neary (UWE) returning to the committee
  • Donna McConnell (Ulster) returning to the committee
  • Martin Galligan (Royal Marsden School) joining the committee
  • Daniel Monk (Northumbria) joining the committee
  • Diane Reid (Manchester Metropolitan) joining the committee

They will have a 3 year tenure.   This means that we now have a full Committee with 16 members including representatives from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

We particularly welcome Martin, Daniel and Diane as new members to the Committee.   

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