In response to the rising demand for the development of Advanced Clinical Practitioners (ACPs), NHS England has increased the number of trainee ACP posts supported in Primary Care. In addition to a clinical salary support grant funded by NHS England and University course fees which are funded by Government co-investment through the Levy Reservation, the ACP Scheme offers General Practices in West Yorkshire additional support for education and training. The North East & Yorkshire Faculty of Advanced Practice provides support for trainee ACPs and clinical supervisors. Applications from Primary Care in the West Yorkshire region are facilitated by the four West Yorkshire locality Primary Care Workforce and Training Hubs in Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees, Leeds, and Wakefield in collaboration with the Universities and the Faculty of Advanced Practice.

Who can train to be an ACP in Primary Care? 

The Advanced Clinical Practitioner apprenticeship is open to a wide variety of roles. Examples include:

  • Registered Nurses
  • Paramedics
  • Physiotherapists
  • Podiatrists
  • Dietitians
  • Pharmacists (must not already be undertaking a funded pathway e.g. CPPE)

Advanced Clinical Practitioner Requirements

  • Must have been working clinically for at least 3 years.
  • Must have at least a 2:1 degree, or be able to show evidence of previous learning at Master’s level (Level 7).
  • Must be able to attend University for 1 day per week during term time, plus any other study support days organised by the University/Faculty of Advanced Practice.
  • Must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) or the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPC).
  • Must be currently be working in a relevant clinical area with access to a suitable supervisor for a minimum of 1-day per week in practice for the duration of the 3-year course.
  • Must not be already undertaking an NHS England funded pathway (e.g. CPPE).
  • Must be able to evidence GCSE qualifications in Maths and English at Grade C/Level 5 or above as per apprenticeship rules.
  • Must have an employment contract for at least 30 hours a week as a Trainee ACP as per apprenticeship rules.

2023/24 Application Process

***Please note – applications for 2023/24 September intakes are now closed. Applications may open again later in the year for a January 2024 start subject to available funding. Further details will be announced via our General Practice Workforce Bulletin.***

The Faculty of Advanced Practice are delighted to open the application process for organisations within Yorkshire and Humber to apply for NHS England support to train Advanced Clinical Practitioners. The application form is now open, and can be found here: https://healtheducationyh.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/acp-application-2324

Further details can be found in the North East & Yorkshire Faculty Handbook. You are advised to read the North East & Yorkshire Faculty Handbook prior to application. This includes details on the new training grant offer for 2023/24, the funding offer, employers’ responsibilities/commitments and how to apply.

  • The deadline to apply is 31st March 2023.
  • The Faculty will notify organisations of the outcome of their application by 14th April 2023.
  • Each applying organisation must nominate a single contact to lead on the ACP process to act as a key liaison for all enquiries relating to ACPs.
  • All applications must be approved and submitted by the same lead contact.
  • You will be required to submit a Trainee ACP job description (JD) and person specification (PS) upon applying to ensure your application is considered. Please note, applications that are not completed in full or do not provide a JD/PS will be returned (example below).
  • Please note once funding is confirmed, ACP candidates must apply for their preferred ACP course and follow the University application process.

Further Information and Resources

An example trainee ACP job description/person specification can be found here

An example qualified ACP job description/person specification can be found here

The 2023-24 Advanced Clinical Practice Handbook can be found here

Change of employer form

DAS Account Setup and Apprenticeship Funding Reservations

The DAS Account Setup Guide can be downloaded here

The Funding Reservation Guide can be downloaded here

The 2023/24 Apprenticeship Funding Rules Guide can be downloaded here

To discuss a potential application

If you require any support completing the form or have any issues accessing the form, please email neyadvancedpractice@hee.nhs.uk

If you would like to discuss a potential application with the WY Primary Care Workforce & Training Hub please us email wy.traininghub@nhs.net