Advanced Practice

Welcome ANPS of the UK!

Whether you are a trainee ANP or established in your role we would love for you to join our group. It is a fantastic opportunity to share ideas, challenges, and experiences to help our continued development. We want ANP’s from the length and breadth of the UK so if you would like to join, please get in touch.

This group is aimed at practitioners working in advanced practice roles in paediatric critical care in the UK and ROI. It may also be of interest to those wishing to develop this role in their clinical area or senior staff interested in training for an advanced practitioner role.

In the last couple of years, we have had some very productive meetings, attended two great conferences and made new contacts in the advanced practice world around the UK.

We have a very active whats app group, and you can follow us on twitter: @picsanp.

Further details can be obtained from

The terms of reference of the PCCS Advanced Practice Group were defined as follows:

  • To survey current advanced practice within the UK (through audit) – present at PCCS conference
  • To raise the profile of the advanced practitioner role and ensure that this is acknowledged and promoted. Influence and develop this role.
  • To support practitioners in clinical practice through education, information sharing and dissemination of best practice.
  • Develop links with European colleagues

Useful links:

  • Role of Nursing and Midwifery Council in Regulating advanced practice
  • Advanced Nursing Practice Toolkit
  • Supporting Development of Advanced Nursing Practice – Scottish Government Document

Meeting Dates 2018

Conference March 12th 2018

Hosted by the team from Bristol PICU and WATCH transport.

This was an excellent study day with a NMP update from Christ Walker who is based at NWTS. We had an excellent presentation from Dr Tulloh on pulmonary hypertension, Case based discussion by Dr Humphry, and ethical issues around the subject of to trachy or not by Dr Fraser. Please see attached timetable for your records.


We also had a group update and decided to have two meetings per year one as the study day and the other at the annual PCCS conference. Please see attached notes for what we discussed.

Next meeting will be at the PCCS conference in September.

March 12th 2018

Updated ANP ToR March 2018


Meeting Dates 2017

Conference March 13th in Leicester 10:00-17:00hrs

Meeting 12th June at the Royal Brompton Hospital 13:00-17:00hrs – thanks to Matt and the team for organising the day! Minutes attached for this meeting PICS ANP Meeting 12th June 2017

Meeting 11th October at Nottingham 13:30-17:00hrs. Pippin Room, Doubletree by Hilton. Nottingham. NG8 6AZ. Don’t forget to check our twitter page and whats app group. We will be having a chat about the terms of reference so please take a look to refresh yourselves before the meeting. Terms of reference for PICS ANP Group


The annual conference is fast approaching – looking forward to seeing you all there presenting posters or doing oral presentations – post your tweets during the conference!

If anyone has recently completed their dissertation or has completed a project they will be offered the opportunity to present this to the group in our meeting. It would be fab to see the excellent work you have been doing. Email Cathy if you would like a short 10 min time slot.

ANP Jobs

ANP jobs are being advertised by the team at Evelina – its’ a really exciting opportunity! Contact Fiona Lynch either by email: or give her a ring on: 07908 147 833



Nick Mills from Sheffield has produced a DRAFT job description for the ANP’s of PCCS to read and comment on. Please could you take the time to read the attachment, and email any comments to Cathy Roberts (chair of the group) who will pass them onto Nick. Well done!

Job description (updated Oct 2016)

December 2016

Mark Clement from the CATS team in London is one of the ANP’s featured in an RCN short video made in celebration of the RCN’s centenary. Good job Mark! check it out on our twitter account: @picsanp


News from the RCN. Credentialing will give nurses formal recognition of their expertise and skills across the four pillars of advanced practice: clinical, leadership, education and research. It will be open to nurses who demonstrate they are working at an advanced level, practice in the NHS or independent sector, and are either members or non-members of the RCN. Credentialing is currently being piloted and will be available widely from spring 2017. Check out the RCN website for more information

Meetings 2016

March, Liverpool.


October, Southampton.


Advanced Nurse Practitioners Annual Conference 2017

Next year’s conference will be hosted by Jo Wright and the team from Leicester, Monday 13th March at the Clinical Education Centre at Glenfield. key areas that will be presented ECMO and CVVH. Date has now been confirmed and programme is attached. ANP study day

Advanced Nurse Practitioners Annual Conference 2016

Clinical Skills Lecture Theatre, Sheffield Children’s Hospital, S10 2TH

Wednesday 11 May 2016 10am – 5pm

This day hosted by Nick Mills and the team from Sheffield was, by all accounts a great success. Some excellent speakers, chances to network with colleagues from around the country and opportunities to discuss life as an ANP and the challenges it brings. Good job guys!


Position Statement: Advanced Practitioners (APs) working in PICU and Paediatric transport services

Since the writing of the 2010 PCCS Standards, the contribution of Advanced Practitioners, most commonly Advanced Nurse Practitioners, Absolute Privacy of paediatric critical care and transport has significantly increased. This role was not fully considered in the current standards, but will be in the next version. PCCS Council is aware that in some areas an AP may have the equivalent role of a middle grade doctor, in addition to enhancing the nursing or professional role.

It is the PCCS Council view that the decision about whether APs are used to undertake these roles is the responsibility of the host Trust and local PICU and/or transport service. Factors to be considered locally will be the appropriateness of the training undertaken by the AP, the competencies they have achieved, and what level of senior medical supervision is available to support the AP. Where these aspects have been fully explored and felt to be in place PCCS supports the continuing practice of using APs to deliver a high quality service to critically ill children.