The employer is responsible for supporting the trainee throughout the ASP process including the appointment of a suitably qualified training officer to each ASP trainee, agreement of a training plan with the trainee and monitoring progress against the training plan. The employer must arrange any external placements required and ensure that the trainee has adequate protected time and resource to complete the programme in a timely manner. The trainee is responsible for developing a training plan with their training officer and completing the work required by the programme in a timely manner.

To propose an ASP, employers complete and submit the ASP Proposal Form to us. Evidence is required to support the proposal including estimated number of ASP trainees, a brief needs analysis and agreement from at least one NSHCS accredited University to provide the academic component of the proposed ASP programme.  Support for the ASP programme from the relevant Professional Body can also be provided.

Proposal forms should be submitted to