Introducing Advanced Practice

15 June 2022

In March 2018 the Council of Deans of Health was commissioned by Health Education England (HEE) to lead a project on the development of advanced practice in England, focusing on the interface with higher education providers (HEIs). This project was part of HEE’s development and implementation of the 2017 Multi-professional framework for advanced clinical practice in England and coincided with the introduction of an apprenticeship for advanced practice in England.

The project work was continued in 2019-20, in which the Council organised a conference and provided various communications to HEIs on advanced practice developments. This aimed to improve the understanding of policy developments in advanced practice, but also for HEE to gain an understanding HEI perceptions, expectations, and obstacles to implementation of the framework.


Following on from our previous work, we seek to continue to engage HEIs with advanced practice developments by delivering three online events to our networks and through the establishment of an Advanced Practice Group.

With this project, we want:

  • To build HEIs advanced practice leads, and Deans capacity and awareness of advanced practice developments and framework and ensure they are enabled to appraise their existing provision and plan changes for the future.
  • To allow HEE and other stakeholders gain an understanding of HEI perceptions, expectations, pressures, and obstacles regarding advanced practice.

We will take a multi-professional approach including nursing, midwifery and Allied Health Professionals (AHPs). We will specially focus on England, but the work may draw on experiences and developments in the other UK countries where relevant.

Advanced Practice Group

The new Advanced Practice Group will be chaired by Professor Annie Topping, Head of School, Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery from the University of Birmingham. The group is composed by numerous Advanced Practice experts coming from universities all across England, HEE representatives and relevant external stakeholders. The group will meet three times annually as following:

  • Meeting on Reaccreditation and Credentials implementation, led by HEE, Dr Sally Gosling and Natalie Ruscoe in September 2022
  • Meeting on Regulation and Accreditation led by HEE Michael Guthrie in October 2022
  • Final meeting (theme to be confirmed) in December 2022

Online events

The work done in the group will be reflected, enhanced and disseminated to a wider audience through three open online events to take place on Zoom as following:

  • One 2-hour online conference, mid-January 2023
  • A first follow-up 90-minute webinar, late January 2023
  • A second follow up 90-minute webinar, early March 2023

We hope this is just the beginning of a long collaboration on advanced Practice with HEE, and that it will create more opportunities within the Council to work on advanced practice developments.

Dates, content details, registration links and platform information will be updated along the project duration on this website and on social media.

For more information, please contact Felix Do Nascimento.

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