FACP - Cohort 2: Primary, Community and Mental Health Support Project

Welcome to the trainee Advanced Clinical Practice  three years Masters Programme.  As a trainee working in primary, community or a mental  health environment, you will be cohort 2, involved in the Faculty Project ‘Primary, Community and Mental Health Support Project’.  This is a two year project, which started in September 2018, with the aim of improving the experiences of new trainee ACPs working in these environments.  As a member of this project, you will be regularly asked for your feedback, ideas and suggestions about how we can improve the training and learning environment.   The Faculty has designed a mid- point evaluation form (which you can download here) in order to obtain your input regularly at six months intervals.

Regional Community of Practice:  All tACPs as well as those that have completed training  have the opportunity  to join and contribute to the Community of Practice.  This is an exciting, interactive community of experienced individuals from wide ranging clinical backgrounds, representing the grass roots provision of health care delivery.  The Community of Practice meets quarterly and receives clinical updates as well as the opportunity to attend study events.  Access is through a dedicated Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/573830642806529/.  The Facebook group is a closed group, so you will need to ‘request to join’ from Facebook, or email Suzanne Owens (suzanne.owens@sth.nhs.uk), who chairs the group, directly.

Health Education England (HEE)  Multi Professional Framework for Advanced Clinical Practice in England:  this is a national publication describing the competencies and four pillars of advanced clinical practice.  You can download this here.

Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP) Progression and Clinical Academic Support Panel (CASP) pathway:  this document illustrates the pathway of progression for tACPs, including academic and clinical routes.  You can download this here.

Best Practice Guidelines -  Minimum standards for supervising trainee Advanced Clinical Practitioners and Physician Associates (PAs)  in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw:  this document provides an overview and key recommendations for the supervision, recommended learning time in practice and numbers of clinical assessments and maintaining a portfolio for tACPs and PAs.  It includes a copy of a template Learning Agreement template for you to download and use to agree your learning plan with your supervisor.

Guidance for Advanced Clinical Practitioners (ACP) Education Training & Continuous Professional Development (CPD):  this document provides guidance for employing organisations, managers and tACPs and will support the successful development of advanced practice.  You can download a copy here.

Clinical Academic Support Panel (CASP):  This document can be downloaded here and is to support the governance requirements identified within the HEE Multi-Professional Framework for Advanced Clinical Practice in England. The Faculty advises all tACPs to participate in an annual CASP with their supervisor, for the duration of the three year programme.

Educational Opportunities:  during your three year programme, you will be invited to attend a number of educational opportunities which will be arranged by the Faculty.  Details of these will be made available here as well as being circulated out to each of you directly.  Included is a one day accredited simulation session.  Dates for 2020 are below.  These sessions will start at 9.00 am and finish at 4.30 pm.  You will need to book early into one of these sessions, please email:  dbth.clinical.simulation@nhs.net


13 February 2020

18 March 2020

18 June 2020

3 September 2020

17 December 2020






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