Background behind the ACP Ready scheme:

In response to the rising demand for the development of Advanced Clinical Practitioners (ACPs) in primary care, HEE North has increased the number of trainee ACP posts that they are able to support from primary care organisations. Last financial year (2019-20) HEE North supported the training of over 100 new ACPs in primary care across South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw, with many of these from GP practices across the region. 

The ACP application process 20/21 for primary care organisations across South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw is now closed. If you would like to express an interest for 21/22 then do please contact us

The details:

HEE North East & Yorkshire (HEE NEY) ACP funding offer for 2020-21:

There are three potential funding educational pathways available:

ACP Fees Funded pathway for Primary Care (full 3-year Masters)

  • HEE NEY will pay full 3-year MSc Advanced Clinical Practice course fees direct to a recognised training provider
  • £33,000 Training Grant per post (£11,000 per year over the 3-year training period)

ACP Top Up pathway for Primary Care

  • HEE NEY will fund a modular offer to staff with existing academic/ workplace capabilities who need to “top up” to achieve the full ACP requirements.
  • Trainee ACP requirements are assessed at application stage and successful applicants will receive remaining MSc Advanced Clinical Practice module course fees plus a proportional Training Grant 

ACP Apprenticeship pathway for Primary Care

  • National Level 7 ACP Apprenticeship programme with a typical length of 36 months
  • HEE NEY will provide a Training Grant at the same overall value as the MSc ACP programme, plus funding for 10% tuition costs for non-levy payers.


Practice nurses/ AHPs who wish to develop into ACP roles within primary care. These members of staff must have been working clinically for at least 3 years and hold a 2:1 degree (*some exceptions- please contact the Hub for more information.) Trainees must be available to attend university for an average of 1 day per week during term time, plus any other study support days organised by the universities in association with the Workforce & Training Hub. Trainees must be registered with the NMC/ Healthcare Professions Council/ General Pharmaceutical Council and must have a minimum of 1 full session per week protected time with supernumerary status to work alongside their named Supervisor.

There should be a clear ACP role for the trainee at the practice at the end of the training period.


The applications process for the HEE NEY Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP) Scheme 2020-21 for Primary Care organisations across South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw has now closed. The application process for 2021-22 is expected to open in February 2021.

If you would like to express an interest in next year’s ACP Scheme (for Sept 2021/ Jan 2022 entry) please contact us

Timeline for ACP Applications 2020-21:

Frequently Asked Questions:

The South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw Primary Care Workforce & Training Hub has compiled a useful guide to the ACP Ready Scheme 2020-21 for Primary Care organisations which contains a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions. Please click to view:

ACP Guide for primary care syb 2020-21

Further Links:

ACP Scheme for Primary Care Application 20-21 Form

Sample Generic ACP Job Description 20-21

Faculty of Advanced Practice ACP commissioning guide 2020-21


Further questions:

Please contact