Advanced Clinical Practitoner


Advanced clinical practice is delivered by experienced, registered health and social care practitioners. It is a level of practice characterised by a high degree of autonomy and complex decision making, enabling APs to manage clinical care in partnership with individuals, families and carers. This also includes the analysis and synthesis of complex problems, identifying innovative solutions to enhance service user experience and improve outcomes. This is underpinned by a Master’s level award, or equivalent qualification and experience, that encompasses the four pillars of advanced practice; Clinical, Leadership & Management, Education & Research, with demonstration of core capabilities alongside specific clinical competence around Primary Care.

Historically this role has been predominately been nurses, but Advanced Clinical Practitioners now come from a range of clinical backgrounds. This includes:

  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Paramedics
  • Physiotherapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Dietitians
  • Podiatrists

There are other Allied Health Professionals who have AP roles within secondary care, however these roles are not yet within the primary care system. 

Exciting Opportunity to Support Supervision within Advanced Practice

Liz Reilly who is part of the Training Programme Directors (TDPs) at HEE NW Faculty of AP. Is keen to enage with all qualified ACPs within Primary and Community Care settings in the north west region who are currently supporting and supervising trainee ACPs, or interested and keen to do so, and involve them in executing this piece of work.

The project focusses 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’  


If you would be interested in meeting me to discuss the National Minimum Standards for Supervision toolkit* in order to explore its applicability, ease of use and effectiveness within your workplace setting. Please could you contact me [email protected]

The meeting will be a semi-structured interview taking about 45 minutes.


Health Education England provides funded commissions to support the ongoing development of the Advanced Practice workforce. This funding is to enable workforce transformation by ensuring expansion of the multi-disciplinary team to meet the needs of local populations. Advanced Practice programmes are available via a funded or apprenticeship route. See North West providers listed below:

If you are interested in accessing this funding, please complete this short survey.

Four Pillars of Advanced Practice

The framework requires professionals working at the level of advanced clinical practice to have the knowledge, skills and behaviours relevant to the role. The core capabilities across the 4 pillars