Regional Faculty for Advancing Practice – North East and Yorkshire

The North East and Yorkshire (NE&Y) Faculty for Advancing Practice was established in January 2021, since then we have been building relationships and developing initiatives to highlight the value of the advanced practice workforce within our ICS systems. We have been working closely with our ICS colleagues ensuring we have a consistent approach to advanced practice across NE&Y.

Map of North East and Yorkshire

Key areas of work:

Primary Care

This workstream focuses on developing a robust ACP workforce within Primary Care. We are currently working on establishing a Regional Primary Care Reference Group whose responsibility will be:

  • To establish and understand current activity with Primary Care trainee ACPs and their supervision.
  • To develop a system/mechanism that will allow trainee ACPs to be trained and adequately supervised/supported.
  • To establish a community of best practice.
  • To incorporate and build on previous work across the region.
  • To work collaboratively with, and understand the roles of the schools of primary care, primary care workforce training hubs and local ICS faculties in the development of ACPs
  • To develop a whole system approach. 

Mental Health

This is focusing on developing ACPs in Mental Health organisations/settings. We are working with HEI partners (Sheffield Hallam University and University of Huddersfield) to develop a credential curriculum and have a MH steering group.


The provision and delivery of high-quality workplace supervision for practitioners developing in advanced clinical practice is crucial for both professional and patient safety (Workplace Supervision for Advanced Clinical Practice, The Centre for Advancing Practice). The regional faculty is working towards developing a best practice guidance in quality and governance in collaboration with the regional quality team.


  • Develop a regional best practice guidance, quality assurance frameworks and standards to improve consistency.
  • Provide a set of standards and supporting guidance for employers and practitioners to ensure continuous quality improvement.
  • Establish the requirements of multi-professional advanced practitioner supervision.
  • Establish the training and development of supervisors.
  • Improve consistency and limit supervision practice variation across the health and care sector in the region.
  • Ensure supervision with a focus on professional and public safety in advanced clinical practice. 

Work in progress:

  • Trainee and qualified ACP survey
  • Supervisor training sessions
  • Developing a multi-professional ACP supervisor faculty
  • Recognise and Accredit ACP supervisors
  • E-Portfolio
  • CASP- (Clinical Academic Supporting Panel)- formal review of the capability and portfolio

Learning Disability and Autism

To support the delivery of advanced clinical practice within the specialism of LDA across a wider range of health and social care settings.  Health Education England (HEE) has commissioned a multi professional credential at advanced practice level specifically for registered health and care practitioners working in learning disabilities and autism services. The credential is based on HEE’s (2020) Advanced Clinical Practice: Capabilities framework when working with people who have a learning disability and/or autism. The above capabilities framework is founded on HEE’s (2017) Multi-professional framework for advanced clinical practice in England, and its associated standards of education and training within the specified capabilities for each of the four pillars of advanced clinical practice. The capabilities set out the clinical expectations of nurses, allied health professionals, pharmacists, and psychologists working at an advanced level of practice, delivering healthcare to individuals with learning disabilities and/or autism.

We are part of the National Learning Disability & Autism steering group and are excited to say we are supporting 6 nominees across North East & Yorkshire to undertake the credential.

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Meet the team:

Linda Crofts – Regional Faculty Lead

Linda Crofts is the Regional ACP Faculty Lead for NE&Y, a role she job shares with Julie Perrin. Linda trained as a nurse at the Royal Free Hospital in London in the 1980s and practiced in Operating theatre nursing and Emergency Care. Since then she has had a long career working in Professional and Practice Development, Higher Education and Learning and Development. This led her to develop a special interest in new roles, including Advanced Practitioners and in particular, the success factors in how these roles can make a difference in practice. She led the first workforce hub in an Integrated Care System bringing together the key elements for workforce redesign and transformation in one place to train, develop and support the workforce for the future.

Having left London 16 years ago she is now firmly settled in Yorkshire with her family though still returns for visits when she can. In her free time she can usually be found out on the Pennine Way listening to podcasts while walking her dog. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, reading and failing to follow plot lines in TV dramas.

Julie Perrin – Regional Faculty Lead

Julie started in post as the NE&Y Regional Faculty Lead for Advancing Practice jointly with Linda Crofts in January 2021. Prior to this Julie was the Professional Lead for the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Faculty of Advanced Clinical Practice and was instrumental in the formation of the Faculty in 2015. Development of the Multi professional workforce, new roles and individuals has been a passion of Julie’s since the early 2000’s when working as the Consultant Nurse in Emergency Care in Sheffield, expanding the role of the practitioner and developing advanced practice within Emergency, Primary and Community care including the Ambulance service. Julie has taught at both Sheffield Hallam University on the Advancing Practice Masters programme and University of Sheffield Masters in Leadership in Emergency Care.

Julie has several publications and has undertaken part in quality reviews of hospitals in Jordan and Istanbul. Julie is looking forward to taking the Advancing Practice agenda forwards within NE& Yorkshire

Saj Sathyan – Regional Supervision and Assessment Lead

Saj started in post for the NE&Y Faculty in Feb 2021 as the Regional Supervision and assessment lead. He qualified as a nurse and midwife in 1999. He has held various posts as Asst Lecturer, staff nurse, Charge Nurse, Advanced Clinical Practitioner and Lead ACP in Mid Yorkshire and Leeds.  Saj was previously the Lead ACP in Major Trauma and Trauma Related Services at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS FT.

Max Miah – Regional Programme Manager

Max is the Regional Programme Manager for the NE&Y Faculty supporting the Regional Faculty leads. Prior to this role Max was the Project Lead for New Roles across South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw ICS where he was responsible for the implementation of new roles such as Trainee Nursing Associates across Health and Social care organisations. Max has always been interested in workforce development across Health and Social Care and supporting other to develop their careers.

Megan Wright – Programme Support Officer

Megan is the Programme Support officer within the North East & Yorkshire Faculty. Megan joined the team in February 2021 and her role consists of supporting and assisting the Programme Manager with a range of projects and workstreams linked to Advancing Practice. She has worked closely with HEE in her previous role in Higher Education where she coordinated and managed placements for healthcare students.

Asma Fareed – Programme Administrator

Asma is the Programme Administrator within the North East & Yorkshire Advancing Practice Faculty – assisting with a range of administrative tasks that support the smooth day to day operations of the team and to ensure the ACP programme is managed effectively. Asma joined the team in February 2021 with a background in recruitment, compliance and managing complex care patients.  She is passionate about health and social care and ensuring the workforce of today and tomorrow meet patient needs and NHS values.