Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP) paediatric curriculum and assessment framework

We have been commissioned by Health Education England to produce a curriculum model for ACP paediatric postgraduate courses. Alongside this we will also produce an associated assessment framework to enable the mapping of clinical practice against the ACP framework. We plan to finalise the curriculum model and assessment framework by March 2022.


In 2017, Health Education England, NHS England and NHS Improvement worked in partnership to develop a national multi-professional framework for advanced clinical practice (PDF), which ensures that there is national consistency and understanding about advanced level practice.

To build on this work Health Education England commissioned the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health to design a paediatric focused, flexible and sustainable learning outcomes-based curriculum at postgraduate level and an associated assessment framework for practitioners from any relevant regulated profession, ensuring education and training for ACPs in Paediatrics meets nationally agreed standards, with an aim of providing clarity and standardisation. The ACP curriculum will map to the Health Education England national framework.

Why do we need this?

Developing the ACP workforce provides an opportunity to develop a clear clinical career pathway. This enables the progression of staff in a clinical context, rather than progression into managerial roles.

ACPs can be developed and deployed in all care settings and across a wide range of professions. Some ACP roles are focused upon clinical specialities whereas others may provide a broader service. The ACP Paediatric Curriculum and Assessment Framework Project aims to build on the development of the ACP workforce by developing a clear and consistent framework for Paediatric ACPs across education and clinical work.

Who is this for?

The curriculum model is for higher education institutions that already run or who would like to run ACP paediatric courses at postgraduate level. As the curriculum model maps to the multi-professional framework for advanced clinical practice in England it will enable HEIs running paediatric specific courses to ensure that their course is in line with the national framework.

It is also for employers and practitioners to ensure that their practice is in alignment with the national framework.


The curriculum model will consist of key capabilities and learning outcomes across 11 domains which map across five pathways: non- hospital paediatrics, hospital haediatrics, neonatal, intensive care, and child with complex needs.

The curriculum encompasses the four pillars that underpin ACP practice: clinical practice, leadership and management, education and research.

Where we are now

Our project team of multi-professional leads have produced learning outcomes and key capabilities, as well as illustrations to show how these can be demonstrated in clinical practice.

We are running a two-part consultation.

From mid August until 10 September, we're inviting ACP employers and practitioners to review the current draft curriuclum and complete our survey.

This will be followed shortly by the second part of the consultation in which we'll invite higher education institutions to share their views.


If you have any queries about the project, please contact us at