Advanced Practice

What is Advanced Practice

Advanced Practice has developed in many areas and in many ways over the last 25 years. Recently Health Education England have drawn these numerous different threads into a multiprofessional framework for all those working at advanced level

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.

Advanced Practice embodies the ability to manage clinical care in partnership with individuals, families and carers. It includes the analysis and synthesis of complex problems across a range of settings, enabling innovative solutions to enhance people’s experience and improve outcomes.

If you are an advanced practitioner, trainee or aspiring AP please complete the short survey below if you have not already done so.


Information Pack Table of Contents:

What is advanced practice 1
Supporting documents 2
Links to faculty of advancing practice 2
Cornwall advanced practice Communities of Practice (CoP) 2
Cornwall NHS futures page for advanced practice 2
Advanced practice workforce survey – Cornwall wide data collection 3
AP Job description Cornwall template 3
Education offers 3
Plymouth 4
Exeter 4
Advanced practice courses in the South West 5
Funding 5
Link to Cornwall training hub CPD funding page 5
Advanced practice funding 5
Grants and other potential funding streams 6
Information for Clinical supervisors 6

Signpost for Continuing Professional Development 7
Credential endorsement pilot 7
Research JBI Manual 8
Advanced Practice Handbook 8
HEE AP tool kit link 8
First Contact practitioner courses 8


Advanced Practice in Primary Care - Information Pack
Why should I complete the Advanced Practice Survey?

The ACP Workforce Database

A system-wide audit will populate a system-level database to inform workforce planning and provision for current, and aspiring ACPs. Several attempts to scope the ACP workforce have been attempted in the last few years. Problems with organisational engagement and consent to information sharing are just some of the problems that have hampered delivery to date. To create an effective single database, the workforce needs to have confidence in the quality of the information collected, its security and understand its intended purpose. Openness and transparency are critical success factors. This document sets this out and included a data capture form for completion.


To scope current and future ACPs across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to inform current and future workforce planning.


  1. To create a single system database of:
  • In-role ACPs
  • In-training ACPs that have a future role in service identified
  • In training ACPs that do not have a future role in service identified
  • Aspiring ACPs
  1. To use the database to inform organisational and system level workforce planning, that will include (the list is not exhaustive):
  • Career pathway communications
  • ACP Community of Practice engagement
  • Training needs analysis
  • Commissioning of future training provision
  • Informing service investment plans / business cases

Establishing the ACP Workforce Database

The database will be created by CIOS ACP Baseline Workforce Audit Task and Finish Group, formed under the CIOS Health and Care Academy. Members are:

  • Dr Julie Gription, Academy Principal (CFT)
  • Berni George, Director of Integrated Governance (RCHT) and Acting Deputy Director of NMAHP – Workforce (RCHT)
  • Paul Jeffrey, KCCG Lead Practice Nurse and Training Hub Educational Facilitator (KCCG/Kernow Health CIC)
  • Alan Jervis, Head of Education (CFT)
  • Clare Rotman, Associate Director of AHP (CFT/RCHT)
  • Dr Frazer Underwood, Associate Director of NMAHP Research, Innovation and Improvement (RCHT/CFT)

Individual staff members being asked to complete the workforce audit will have been identified by their line-mangers to meet the criteria highlighted in Objective 1 above.

Individuals will complete the data capture form (Appendix 1)* and return it to the CIOS ACP Baseline Workforce Audit Task and Finish Group.

The CIOS Health and Care Academy will host, on behalf of the wider system a password protected database on an NHS server. Access will be controlled and monitored by the Academy Principal, to comply with the data sharing agreement.

An annual update will be required to maintain an accurate database.

Use of the Database

Objective 2 sets out a non-exhaustive list of intended uses of the database. Information analysed and reported will always be anonymous/non-identifiable to the individual. No personal information will be shared with third parties. Individuals will always be contacted to request explicit permission for personal information to be shared.

*online form available at: (this will be available for future data collection)

Advanced Practice Survey

If you are an Advanced Practitioner, and ACP in training or and aspiring ACP, please fill in this form to help use plan for a better and stronger ACP workforce across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Data sharing agreement: I agree to the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Health and Care Academy to holding my personal information on a central database for the purpose to meet the aims and objectives of the CIOS ACP Baseline Workforce Audit. I understand that database information analysed and reported will always be anonymous/non-identifiable to the individual; that no personal information will be shared with third parties; and that I will be contacted to request my explicit permission for any personal information to be shared, for which I can refuse. I understand that I will be asked to annually update my information and I can request at any time to have my data removed. Finally, I understand that by submitting my data capture form I will be automatically invited to the system-wide Community of Practice, a networking and collaboration forum of other ACP, ACPs in training and Aspiring ACPs. I have the opportunity of not participating this this forum if I wish. All information collected will be processed under the provisions of the Data Protection Act 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulation.

If I wish to obtain a copy of any information stored about me, I can make a Subject Access Request to the Information Governance Team who will supply the information normally within 30 days.

CIOS Database Capture Form

By submitting this form, I confirm and agree to the data sharing statement above


In this section, please complete all fields in the category that applies to you

ACP Category
If you selected ACP Category B (In-training ACP and has a future role in service identified).
If you selected ACP Category C (In training ACP but do not have a future role in service identified)
If you selected ACP Category D (Aspiring ACP)