FSRH, BASHH and NHIVNA to launch advanced level curriculum (ACP) for nurses

Posted 23 January 2019

Date: 23 Jan 2019

Type: FSRH News and Information

Coming soon - FSRH, BASHH and NHIVNA will launch an Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP) curriculum in May 2019, designed for nurses working in Sexual and Reproductive Health and HIV.

Free to access, this curriculum has been developed as a joint project between the Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH), the British Association for Sexual Health & HIV (BASHH), and the National HIV Nurses Association (NHIVNA).

It is a Health Education England (HEE) endorsed project to standardise practice in integrated sexual health and HIV services.

About the ACP Curriculum

The ACP Curriculum, jointly developed by FSRH, BASHH and NHIVNA provides a framework for the knowledge, skills, and attributes needed for nurses within specialist integrated sexual health services. It also aims to outline specifically what nurses will need to do to be effective in their roles. 

The aim of the curriculum document is to provide a clear and comprehensive guide to the expected level and breadth of practice for Advanced Clinical Practitioners working in integrated sexual health and HIV.

The curriculum will help practitioners, managers, employers, Higher Education Institutions and commissioners, to better understand the role of nurses working in specialist integrated sexual health services.

What is Advanced Clinical Practice?


"Advanced clinical practice is delivered by experienced, registered health and care practitioners. It is a level of practice characterised by a high degree of autonomy and complex decision making.

This is underpinned by a master’s level award or equivalent, that encompasses the four pillars of clinical practice, leadership and management, education and research, with demonstration of core capabilities and area specific clinical competence.

Advanced clinical practice embodies the ability to manage clinical care in partnership with individuals, families and carers. It includes the analysis and synthesis of complex problems across a range of settings, enabling innovative solutions to enhance people’s experiences and improve outcomes."

Core curriculum learning outcomes

As part of the requirements for the curriculum, all trainee Advanced Clinical Practitioners (tACP) will be expected to complete the following four pillars and associated knowledge, skills and behaviours:

  • Leadership and management
  • Education research
  • Clinical practice: basis for practice / HIV (part 1)

How can I find out more?

The Advanced Clinical Practitioner curriculum for Nurses in Integrated Sexual Health and HIV is planned to launch in Summer 2019. Email specialty@fsrh.org to register your interest and stay informed on our launch date.