Approval for Advanced Clinical Practitioner Apprenticeship
Ministerial approval was granted at the end of March for the development of an ACP apprenticeship, which will be set up as a ‘trailblazer group’ to develop the standard. It will be at Master’s degree level, and will be led by the Heart of England NHS Trust, Birmingham. The apprenticeship is set to be developed to demonstrate the breadth and depth of knowledge and skills needed by advanced practice roles within nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions.
Employer-led, and with support from higher education institutions, the CSP is also seeking to have a strong involvement with the developments and how the ACP apprenticeship standard is to be produced. They have recommended a ‘core and options’ approach be taken, which should facilitate the standard to reflect the employers’ workforce needs across sectors, settings and services. This would also allow for the diversity of advanced practice roles across the healthcare professions to be shown.
Sally Gosling, CSP assistant director of practice & development commented on the development:
“The ACP apprenticeship should provide a significant and genuinely new way of developing the physiotherapy workforce and maximising the profession’s contribution to patient care. This includes ways that are responsive to changing models of service delivery and changing workforce and skills needs.”
English employers are anticipated to offer three million new apprenticeships by 2020, whilst the NHS in England has been given a target to create 27,000 new apprentices for 2017-18.