Advanced Practice

Welcome Advanced Clinical Practitioner’s (ACP) of the UK!

Whether you are a Paediatric Critical Care trainee ACP 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 ACP’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, including PICU, PHDU and transport within 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.

We plan regular meetings throughout the year and annual education days are planned to foster professional development and collaborative working. Additionally, we have a very active WhatsApp group for which questions asked can be asked very quickly through our current network of ACPs



Colin Veal Advanced Clinical Practitioner, Wales and West Acute Transport for Children (WATCh) and Bristol PICU

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

  • To survey current advanced practice within the UK
  • To raise the profile of the advanced practitioner role and promote the positive effects on patient safety, service development and education.
  • Work with national partners to develop the role of the PCC Advanced Clinical Practitioner and to influence workstreams
  • To support practitioners in clinical practice through education, information sharing and dissemination of best practice.
  • Develop links with European colleagues


This group has been an educational and professional support group for the past few years. This has been happening via a very active WhatsApp group and email group. We have aimed to hold annual education meetings, which unfortunately have not happened for 2 years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have 85 participants currently.

Current projects

We are currently involved with a national project with the RCPCH writing the Critical Care and Transport illustrations for the Advanced Clinical Practitioner Curriculum Framework.

Meeting minutes

Due to COVID we have only held a catch-up meeting. There is a plan for a meeting in January 2022, meeting minutes will be posted here following this meeting

Upcoming meetings/events

Due to COVID we have been unable to hold our annual education days, there is plans for on to be hosted in Sheffield in May 2022, more information to follow

Useful links

Health Education England The centre for Advancing Practice

Advanced Practice Toolkit –

Royal College of Nursing Advanced practice standards

How to join

Please contact Colin Veal ( if interested in becoming a member of this SIG and a participant in the WhatsApp group.