Emergency Care Advanced Clinical Practitioners

New Emergency Care ACP credentialing process from 2018

A new process is being introduced following a successful pilot.  From 2018 there will be no face-to-face meeting between assessors and applicants and there will be no detailed feedback before the credentialing day.  ACPs who wish to apply must be confident, along with their supervisors, that they will have appropriate evidence on ePortfolio before the end of the application window (anything uploaded afterwards will not count) of acquisition of all required competences.  Please refer to the guidance for further information.   Please note that a fee of £295 will be charged and that there will be no discount for re-application following an unsuccessful attempt.

ACP Forum

The Emergency Medicine Advanced Clinical Practitioners’ Forum is a new and exciting initiative intended to provide a focus and representation for ACPs and trainee ACPs (tACPs) within the College.

More information can be found here

Spring 2020 EC-ACP Credentialing application window

he application window for the Spring 2020 EC-ACP credentialing opportunity will open on Friday 28 February 2020 and close at 23:59 on Friday 13 March 2020.

Applicants must ensure all evidence is present in the portfolio before 23:59 on 13 March 2020. Any evidence submitted after this will not be considered.

The ACP’s Educational Supervisor (please refer to “The Guide to RCEM Emergency Care ACP Credentialing” for guidance on who may be an Educational Supervisor) MUST sign the checklist and confirm all required evidence is present.

Please note that NEW for this window is:

  • a new Academic Component Declaration Form. This now requires the ACP to indicate which module of their level 7 Advanced Practice degree met each RCEM academic learning outcome. Failure to complete this new form will mean the portfolio is not considered. Previous versions of this form will not be accepted.
  • A requirement to limit the evidence listed on the completed checklist for the relevant RCEM EC-ACP curriculum. This should be the current checklist valid for Spring 2020 – please ensure you upload all pages. Please note that only the relevant item(s) of evidence should be listed on the checklist – see guidance for further information.

Checklists valid for Spring 2020 will be available shortly to download below:

  • ACP seeing both adults and children
  • ACP seeing adults only
  • ACP seeing children only
  • Pre-screening

Due to the volume of portfolios to be reviewed, there will be a pre-screening process in place. This process, undertaken by the College staff, will identify portfolios where there is evidence clearly missing according to the screening checklist (in the guidance).

Having confirmed the evidence is missing, the Credentialing Panel will reject the application and the ACP will have to resubmit (for a full fee and against the guidance and checklist valid at the time) within a future credentialing window. A small administrative charge will be retained from the application fee.

Please note: revised guidance, checklists and academic component declaration form valid for the Spring 2020 credentialing opportunity will be available to download here shortly. We will be notifying all RCEM ACP members by email as soon as the documentation has been published on the website.

The EC-ACP Credentialing appeals policy is available to view here.

New EC-ACP Credentialing Guide 

The Guide to RCEM Emergency Care ACP Credentialing is currently being updated and will be available to download here shortly.

Emergency Care ACP Supervisor Training Day

It is important that at least one individual at a local department involved in assessing trainee and established ACPs has attended a Supervisor Training Day. 

The next EC-ACP Supervisor Training day will be held on 30 March 2020. Registration will open on 30 January 2020 and will close one week prior to the event.

Subsequent EC-ACP Supervisor Training days will be held on:

  • 14 May 2020
  • 11 November 2020
The windows for registration will open nearer the dates.

Presentations from the RCEM EC-ACP Supervisor Training Day which took place on 13 September 2019 can be downloaded below:

Session 1: Outline of the credentialing process
Session 2: The nature of supervision
Session 3: The portfolio and curriculum
Session 4: Common competences
Session 5: Major and acute presentations
Session 6: MastersPGDip, academic declaration, CV and experience needed
Session 7: Practical procedures
Session 8: The STR and FGS
Session 9: The checklists


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 pilot 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.   EC ACP curriculum (Adult and Paediatric)
EC ACP curriculum (Adult only)
EC ACP curriculum (Paediatric only)

An Assessment Descriptors document is a supplement to the curriculum.

A formal process has now been established in order that Emergency Care ACPs can demonstrate the competences required within the curriculum. The first, formal credentialing process took place in 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

Further information

  • Presentations from our recent Emergency Care ACP Conference:  

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 information about accessing the RCEMLearning site, please contact RCEMLearning@rcem.ac.uk

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