Workplace Supervision for Advanced Clinical Practice

November 4 2020

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Please see below and attached details of a publication covering supervision for Advanced Clinical Practice from The Centre for Advancing Clinical Practice.

Workplace Supervision for Advanced Clinical Practice

An integrated multi-professional approach for practitioner development

Launched on Thursday 21 November 2020, the Supervision for Advanced Clinical Practice provides practical and comprehensive guidance for workplace supervision of trainee Advanced Practitioners. It draws on an array of resources and advice, setting out clear pathways for both the trainee and supervisor. 


Multi-professional advanced clinical practitioners are a growing part of the modern healthcare workforce. Their contribution to patient care and pathways is recognised in health and care policy (NHS, 2020). They are registered practitioners from a range of professional backgrounds that have advanced level capabilities across the four pillars of clinical, leadership and management, education and research, as set out in the ‘The Multi-professional Framework for Advanced Clinical Practice in England’, (NHS, 2017).


To develop these capabilities, advanced practitioners undertake a combination of practice-based (workplace) learning and training with academic learning at level 7 (masters).


The supervision of healthcare practitioners through their training and beyond is an established part of healthcare practice, endorsed by professional bodies and regulators as the cornerstone of both professional and public safety. Currently, supervision has a profession-specific focus and vary greatly within and across professions.


Existing workplace supervision practices may not map neatly to the learning needs of developing multi-professional advanced clinical practitioners/trainees. Nor can it be assumed that uni-professional colleagues have an understanding of the professional scope or typical clinical practice profile of developing advanced clinical practitioner/ trainees from different qualifying professions.


This publication aims to:

  • establish the requirements of multi-professional advanced practitioner supervision
  • establish the training and development of supervisors
  • improve consistency and limit supervision practice variation across the health and care sector with a focus on professional and public safety in advanced clinical practice.

This publication has been developed collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders from across the field of advanced clinical practice; from primary care to mental health and children’s services to emergency medicine. With advanced clinical practice continuing to develop in rapid and diverse ways, it is anticipated that this is a first iteration of such guidance.