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Multi-professional credentials will enable practitioners to expand their professional competencies. Individuals will be able to identify and add credentials to their CPD portfolio and their Health Education England Advanced Level Directory entry.

What are Health Education England credentials?

A credential is a unit of assessed learning related to a particular area of practice awarded by an education provider, normally at Masters level. 

Health Education England has commissioned the development of the overarching framework from which a curriculum is developed, where a credential already exists e.g. a Royal Medical College, there will be a mechanism by which Health Education England will recognise these.

The Centre of Advancing Practice will validate the credentials if it meets the multi-professional requirements and quality assurance processes.

Once validated, a credential can be delivered and awarded by an education provider.

Principles of a Health Education England credential

  • Developed in response to patient and service need
  • An accredited quality assured unit of learning
  • Can be a component of education and training
  • Evidence-based, supported by national guidelines
  • Are transformational to support modern service delivery
  • Co-produced across professions
  • Agreed for development by the Health Education England Credential Group to ensure one national approach

These credentials are in development or have yet to be commissioned by HEE, based on the NHS Long Term Plan.

Healthcare Science

 - Echocardiography - in development - level TBC 


 - Sonography - to be reviewed
 - Reporting images MSK - due Spring 2021

Learning Disability and Autism

 - Click here for the Capabilities framework when working with people who have a learning disability and/or autism  


 - Acute medicine - due Autumn 2020
 - Acute stroke  - in development
 - Cardiovascular / Cardiology - to be commissioned 
 - End of life care - due Spring 2021
 - Respiratory - in development
 - Older people - due Autumn 2020


 - Midwifery - exploration phase 


 - Non-Surgical Oncology - to be commissioned
 - Oncology (TRAD) - to be commissioned


 - Ophthalmology - four key modular areas - in delivery *see below
 - Neuro and paeds modules in development


 - Acute - due Spring 2021
 - Neonatal - TBC
 - Community - to be commissioned

Primary Care* 

*Please note, these are dictated by the GP Contract requirements and continue to be refined over time.  

 - Primary care nursing (click here for the framework) 
 - Primary care OT - due Spring 2021
 - Core primary care capabilities - due Winter 2021
 - Primary care dietitians - due Spring 2021
 - GP paramedics UEC - Spring 2021
 - Musculoskeletal (MSK) - due Spring 2021

Public health 

 - Public health - due Spring 2021


 - Community rehabilitation - due Spring 2021
 - Neurological rehabilitation (including stroke) - due Spring 2021
 - Cardio-respiratory rehabilitation - due Spring 2021


 - Lower limb viability - due Spring 2020

Women's health

 - Pelvic health - due Spring 2021