Advanced Clinical Nurse Practice (ACP)

Advanced clinical practice is delivered by experienced, registered health and care practitioners. It is a level of practice characterised by a high degree of autonomy and complex decision making . This is underpinned by a master’s level award or equivalent that encompasses the four pillars of clinical practice, leadership and management, education and research, with demonstration of core capabilities and area specific clinical competence 

There are the capabilities for health and care professionals working at the level of advanced clinical practice. The capabilities apply to all models of advanced clinical practice across sectors, specialties and professions and can be applied in either uni-professional or multi-professional models of care provision. These can be accessed within the Multi-professional Framework  Multi-professional framework for advanced clinical practice in England.pdf ( 

  • Nurses, Pharmacists, Paramedics, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Dieticians and Podiatrists.
  • MA qualified or equivalent qualification or experience.

To manage clinical care in partnership with individuals, families and carers. A large facet of this programme is complex problem solving. Four pillars of AP, Clinical Practice, Facilitating Learning, Leadership and Evidence, Research and Development.

The programme focuses on ‘Supervision’ and more specifically, on the supervision of trainee ACPs. It aims to:

Explore and understand the applicability, utility, and effectiveness of the National Minimum Standards for Supervision toolkit as an enabling and facilitatory resource for Clinical Supervisors within the Primary and Community Care settings.

The application process opens once per year, however there are sometimes opportunities to apply further in the year dependant upon funding. 

Is there any chance we can have the general enquiry form on there for any ACP queries (as below) 

Advanced Clinical Practice – Funding application closes 14th Feb 24 

The application process for NHSE funding for MSc Advanced Clinical Practice Autumn 24 and Spring 25 cohorts has now opened and will close on 14 February 24. 

To apply directly please follow this  link 

For further information about funding : Funding for MSc Advanced Clinical Practice Programme – 2024 / 2025 

If you would like to discuss this process in more detail or have any of the following queries - click here:    

  • If you are considering applying for this funding. 
  • If you have applied. 
  • To discuss the funding and how this works. 
  • Any other queries relating to the Advance Clinical Practitioner role.

The Primary Care Readiness Checklist can be accessed via this link.This is a list to help support and guide your practice / organisation with the implementation of an AP role and supporting a trainee. We recommend you to fill this in prior to submitting an application 

If you have any questions please email Wendy Winnard [email protected] or [email protected]. We are happy to answer any questions or queries you may have to support you on the next step of your journey.