ACCP Training

ACCPs must complete a programme leading to an appropriate Postgraduate Masters degree with a Higher Education Institution. Teaching within hospitals is overseen by a Local Clinical Lead (LCL) who holds an honorary appointment with the HEI and is responsible to the HEI for the delivery of the clinical components of training. 

In 2021 The Faculty launched an HEI Accreditation programme.

FICM Accredited HEIs can be found here.

If you think that ACCP training might be for you and would like further information check out our Careers section.

Trainee Registration

All ACCPs in training are requested to register with the Faculty so we can keep you up to date of any useful developments and start to monitor the ACCP workforce.

Please note that is does not automatically mean that you will be accepted as an ACCP Member of the Faculty.

Any individual beginning an ACCP training programme from 5 November 2017 which does not meet the FICM specification for ACCP training (details of which can be found on the ACCP Curriculum page) will not be eligible to apply for FICM ACCP Membership.

It is the responsibility of the individual seeking FICM ACCP Membership and the hospital trust providing their training to ensure trainee ACCPs undertake FICM recognised training.

Registration is free.
Please download and complete the form below and return it to FICM.

ACCP Induction Framework 

Trainee Advanced Critical Care Practitioner induction pathway

This document has been developed by trainee and qualified Advanced Critical Care Practitioners with the support of The Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine ACCP sub-committee (FICMASC), ACCP clinical leads and University representatives. The rationale behind this project was based upon a recognised need to standardise the approach to the induction process.  

ACCP Trainer Guidance

ACCP Trainer Guidance

The contribution of the Educational Supervisor and the ACCP Clinical Lead in relation to providing supervision, support and opportunities to develop competence and master a specialist area of advanced practice is vital. 

As a Supervisor you need to: 

  • Attend an initial meeting to facilitate your induction to the role, introduce the practice modules and the methods that will be used by the local University to support you in this new role. The workshop will also introduce the comprehensive knowledge and skills necessary for the module and what is required to support ACCP trainees to achieve this level of practice. 
  • Attend formative progress meetings every four months with the ACCP Local Clinical Lead and trainee ACCP. 
  • Liaise with the ACCP Local Clinical Lead regarding the ACCP trainee’s progress and highlight any areas of concern. 
  • Agree with your ACCP trainee how work-based teaching, supervision and assessment will be conducted. 
  • Help to institute the FICM competency framework for the advanced practice role that the ACCP trainee will undertake. 
  • Use all the tools in the work portfolio as directed by the competency evidence log and engage with the triggered assessments at six-monthly intervals. 
  • Maintain the quality of the work-based competency assessment process commensurate with mastery. 
  • Ensure that all Practice Mentors working with the student are aware of the guidelines relating to trainee ACCP practice and are experienced professionally qualified practitioners. 
  • Facilitate learning in the clinical area. 
  • Encourage reflective activity and enquiry. 


Students will initially work under your direct supervision or that of your consultant colleagues; however, this level of supervision will decrease to indirect and then proximal as they progress through the programme, demonstrating competence and confidence and becoming more autonomous within their role. Initially students will be working weekdays when maximum supervision and support is available, however, as they achieve their Portfolio benchmarks, the Supervisor, in conjunction with the Local Clinical Leads, will decide when it is appropriate for the ACCP trainee to progress from direct to indirect to proximal supervision and to out-of-hours working. It is anticipated that students will progress to proximal supervision by the end of Year 2. 

*The Faculty recognises that the first cohort of ACCP trainees in any location may require more time and focus as the structures and framework for assessment and supervision are developed and implemented. The suggested SPA time below can be used to support discussions locally about the time commitment that would be required as a minimum once the programme is established. 

Educational Role

Role description

Typical Allocation


Educational Supervisor

The Educational Supervisor is responsible for providing supervision, support and opportunities to develop skills and competence in Advanced Critical Care Practice

Minimum 0.25 PAs per week per trainee


Additional time may be required for supporting and managing trainees in difficulty.

ACCP Programme Lead

The ACCP Programme Lead is responsible to the HEI for the quality management of the training programme as well as managing the overall ACCP training arrangements in their trust

1 PA per week