New Emergency Care Advanced Clinical Practitioner Curriculum
The Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) and Health Education England (HEE) are pleased to announce their co-production of an Emergency Care Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP) Curriculum, which has full endorsement by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).
The curriculum has been developed by a working party with representatives from Health Education England, the Royal College of Emergency Medicine and specialists in Emergency Care, and was published in May 2015.
Higher Education Institutions provide high quality Masters level courses in advanced practice however these do not include specialty specific competences or nationally defined curricula. There is variation in the range of competences acquired, and no standardisation of the level of competence of the practitioner. The Emergency Care Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP) curriculum provides an opportunity for standardisation and consistency.
Work is underway to establish a formal process in order that Emergency Care ACPs can demonstrate the competences required within the curriculum. The first, formal credentialing process will take place on 16 June 2016, with ACPs gaining access to the Royal College of Emergency Medicine e-portfolio (adapted for Emergency Care ACPs) from June 2015.
Robert Crouch, Consultant Nurse at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust and Chair of the HEE/RCEM Emergency Care ACP Curriculum Development Group commented, “This has been a very positive development for RCEM and HEE, and we are pleased to have received wide-spread support for this development from so many individuals and organisations, including the Royal College of Nursing. I am particularly grateful to the Curriculum Development Group for their hard work and enthusiasm throughout this development”.
Advanced Clinical Practitioners - Emergency Care
For information on access to the RCEM e-portfolio adapted for Emergency Care ACPs/Associate Membership (ACP), please see the initial application form.
The College has an eLearning resource, RCEMLearning
, content of which has been mapped to the curriculum. For access information, please contact Sharlene Lewington (Sharlene.Lewington@rcem.ac.uk)