Promoting Excellence In Psychological Health & Wellbeing

What is Advanced Clinical Practice?

HEE’s Centre for Advancing Practice (the Centre) is undertaking a programme of work offering recognition to registered health and care practitioners who are working at an advanced practice level and who demonstrate complete fulfilment of the capabilities set out in the ACP Framework (2017). The Centre is proposing to develop several routes to gaining recognition, initially focusing on programme accreditation and an Independent Portfolio Route (IPR).

Advanced Clinical Practitioners (ACPs) are registered healthcare professionals, educated to Master’s level or equivalent, with the skills and knowledge to allow them to expand their scope of practice to better meet the needs of the people they care for.  ACPs are deployed across all healthcare settings and work at a level of advanced clinical practice that pulls together the four ACP pillars of clinical practice, leadership and management, education and research.

The Psychological Professions Network North West (PPN NW) is working with Health Education England (HEE) as part of the national Advanced Practice Programme to examine how non-registered psychological professions can be enabled to take up the opportunity of achieving Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP) status.

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The Psychological Professions Network (PPN) in collaboration with HEE have identified a number of Psychological Professions (including Cognitive Behaviour Therapists, Counsellors, Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners, Child & Adolescent Psychotherapists, Adult Psychotherapists) who are excluded for applying for ACP standing as they are not subject to statutory regulation under one of the 8 regulatory bodies for health care. In all other respects they may meet the criteria for advanced clinical practice and are on a professional register accredited by a The Professional Standards Authority where this is available.

In recognition of this issue, the Centre in collaboration with the PPN are seeking to extend the Independent Portfolio Route (IPR) feasibility study to invite a small number of individuals from the psychological professions to join the study in order to explore the validity of IPR in the context of non-statutory regulated professions. The study will examine whether the principles of the IPR process and its approach can support non-registered psychological professionals from evidencing that they meet the capabilities within the ACP Framework. It will also provide the opportunity to test whether the guidance materials and portal through which the process could be operated are sound, robust, sustainable and scalable.

NB The participants in this cohort will complete the IPR process fully but will not be immediately eligible to join the Centre for Advancing Practice Directory on successful completion of the process as currently the Directory will only be open to those who are on a statutory register. The Centre will retain the details of those who successfully complete the process and the results of the feasibility study will provide the basis for recommendations to the Centre regarding adjustments that are required to ensure equity of access to the ACP programme for the psychological professions.

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28 May 2021 Closing date for expressions of interest for participants to be received This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
25 May – 13 June 2021 Selection of cohort & notification of participants
14 June 2021 Feasibility Study Commences
By 30 June 201 ACP briefing session for participants
1 July – 21 November 2021 Participants collate and upload ACP portfolio evidence and upload critical narrative
22 November 2021 Deadline for submission of portfolio by participants
20 December 2021 Completion of verification of portfolio by review panels
17 Jan 2022 Completion of internal quality assurance process
By 31 Jan 2022 Notification of portfolio verification to participants
7 Feb 2022 Publication of evaluation report arising from Psychological Professions element of the IPR feasibility study

Registration is now closed.


The Centre will also be seeking to recruit three or four PR reviewers from the psychological profession to support this part of the feasibility study. Reviewers will verify participant’s work, each reviewing 2-3 portfolios. Reviewers will be expected to take part in a training workshop held over two half days prior to the study. 

Reviewers must have a clinical or academic background in a psychological profession together with experience of advanced clinical and independent portfolio review and/or the assessment of competence/capability.

Reviewers should also:

•            currently be working at an advanced or consultant level, or be an academic in an advanced or consultant level academic programme, or recently retired <2 years from one of these roles

•            have relevant qualifications and experience to review evidence and make judgements with respect to advanced level clinical practice education and training

•            have contemporary knowledge of the national Advancing Clinical Practice agenda

•            have strong written, communication and analytical skills.

More details on reviewer recruitment will shortly be published for all enquires please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.