Advanced Clinical Practice

What is Advanced Clinical Practice (ACP)? 

Advanced practice is delivered by experienced, registered health 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 area specific clinical competence. The Multi-professional framework for advanced clinical practice in England (2017) provides a clear definition and consistent approach to the development of advanced practice across England. All health and care professionals working at the level of advanced practice should ensure that their knowledge and skills meet the standards outlined within the framework.

Training and Development Pathways to Advanced Practice 

MSc ACPs programmes and funding

NHSE EoE (East of England) offer funding for Full ACP MSc pathways, applications for this funding are currently closed and will reopen again in January 2025. However if you are interested in exploring ACP MSc please do complete the EOI form in the ‘Find Out More’ section below and we will arrange a professional development conversation with one of the advanced practice team

When the funding applications are open NHSE EoE offer funding for ACP MSc pathways via Apprenticeship funding. In exceptional circumstances where applicants do not meet the requirements of the apprenticeship, please discuss alternative funding options with the Training Hub.

For practitioners who have already completed some level 7 modules, and wish to gain a full ACP MSc award, Top Up funding is available. Transfer of prior learning towards a full MSc pathway is at the discretion of the University.

All expressions of interest, please complete form below. All applications for ACP MSc pathways must come via the Training Hub.


HEE ePortfolio (supported) Route

This opportunity is suitable for experienced practitioners who already have a significant body of evidence that can be mapped to the Multi Professional Framework with minimal or no gaps in that mapping. It is not a training route.

The ePortfolio (supported) Route enables experienced practitioners to evidence that they meet the advance practitioner requirements described in the Multi-professional framework for advanced clinical practice in England by mapping their knowledge and skills to the MPF using the Centre’s ePortfolio.

Successful completion of the e portfolio route will be linked to a digital badge. Digital badges are validated/verified indicators of accomplishments, skill or quality earned through learning. 

For more information and to register your interest please visit ePortfolio (supported) portal.  


Advance Practice Supervision

HEE Centre for Advancing Practice Resources for Supervision (minimum standards) provides new guidance for supervisors, managers, employers, and trainee advanced practitioners and outlines the expected standards for supervision. 

The minimum standards for Advanced Clinical Practice supervision are:

  • To have a named co-ordinating educational supervisor (who ideally will have undertaken Tier 3 supervision training)
  • To have access to associate workplace supervisors
  • To have a minimum of 1 hour(s) supervision per week, of which 1 in 4 should be with your named co-ordinating educational supervisor

Supervision: NHSE have excellent supervision resources, these include Including ‘Employer’s Advanced practice Supervision Action Plan and Supervision Readiness checklist’ click  here to find out more. The most recent publication is the Advanced Practice Supervisor Capabilities


View the Regional Faculty for Advancing Practice – East of England website to keep up-to-date with important developments from NHSE.

Multi professional Framework for Advanced Practice here.

Readiness to become an advanced practitioner Readiness to become an advanced practitioner (

Core Capabilities Framework for Advanced Clinical Practice (nurses) in primary care ACP-Primary-Care-Nurse-Fwk-2020.pdf (

Core Capabilities Framework for Paramedics in Primary & Urgent Care Paramedic Specialist in Primary and Urgent Care Core Capabilities Framework.pdf ( 

Continuing Professional development (CPD). Advancing practice: Signpost for Continuing Professional Development ( document. This document aims to ensure that CPD aligns with current national standards, professional regulations and academic best practice. It will also sign post to new and existing resources to support CPD and provide practitioners with a portfolio.

Advanced practice trainee and qualified job descriptions are available from the Advanced practice lead please contact [email protected]

Emerging Areas in advanced practice Workforce Transformation Resource; This resource is designed to support and standardise the approach to workforce transformation for advanced practice in emerging areas.

ARRs Advanced practice: Frequently asked questions

To find out more:

If you are interested in developing your professional career towards advanced practice or have employees who are keen to develop into advanced practitioners by undertaking a Masters level Advanced Practice qualification or completing the supported e-portflio route, please get in touch with the SNEE TH advanced practice team by completing this expression of interest form.