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 (NB each ACP MUST have a named educational supervisor who is a substantive consultant in Emergency Medicine and a Fellow of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine. Ideally the educational supervisor will have attended a Supervisor Training Day), 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.  Applicants should also make sure that at least one individual involved in assessing trainee and established ACPs at the local department has completed the RCEM mandatory Emergency Care ACP supervisor training.   Please note that a fee of £295 will be charged and that there will be no discount for re-application following an unsuccessful attempt.

EC ACP Credentialing application - Autumn 2018

The window for applying for the Autumn 2018 EC ACP Credentialing opportunity has now closed.   The credentialing panel will sit on 16 November 2018.  

New EC ACP Credentialing Guide 

The new "Guide to Emergency Care ACP Credentialing" and associated checklists will be available on this webpage shortly.

Assessment Descriptors are available here.

The appeals policy (subject to approval by Council) is available here.

NB: the Royal College of Emergency Medicine took over support of the ACP credentialing process from Health Education England on 12 January 2018.  

Emergency Care ACP Supervisor Training Day - 15 November 2018 (this event is now fully booked)

The EC ACP Supervisor Training event to be held on 15 November 2018 is now fully booked.   

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

Future EC ACP Supervisor Training days have provisionally been set for:
Spring 2019: 15 March 2019 (Registration to open on 15 January 2019)
Autumn 2019: 13 September 2019 (Registration to open on 16 July 2019)

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.

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

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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