Speciality Development

Learning Disability and Autism

In north east and Yorkshire for 2021/22, 5 trainees started the Learning Disability and Autism credential at University of Cumbria and Edgehill University. Sheffield Hallam University are looking to develop a module/s around Learning Disability and Autism, and we are working in collaboration with them around this. For 2022/23, there is a national target of 250 trainees. Regions to recruit 50 across England with an aspirational target of 250. This work is being supported by Learning Disability and Autism champion, Haley Whelpton, who will work across the region to scope out current workforce provision and identify gaps. To find out more about this work or to get involved, please email H.Whelpton@shu.ac.uk.

We have set up a NEY Regional Strategic Learning Disability and Autism Advanced Practice Reference Group to provide strategic direction and support for a coordinated and consistent approach to developing the Learning Disability and Autism workforce across the region. This forum is open to all stakeholders who are interested in growing the Advanced Practice role in Learning Disability and Autism so please email neyadvancedpractice@hee.nhs.uk to join.

We held a regional webinar on Developing ACPs in Learning Disability and Autism on the 15th February 2022. Speakers included:

  • Julie Perrin – Regional Faculty Lead north east and Yorkshire Faculty for Advancing Practice​
  • Marie Lancett – Workforce Specialist Learning Disability and Autism
  • Tim Devanney – National Learning Disability and Autism Programme Manager​
  • Christina Edwards – Trainee ACP on the Learning Disability and Autism Credential​
  • Natalie Hewitt – Advanced Clinical Practitioner ​
  • Juliet McGilligan – Regional Programme Manager Learning Disability and Autism 

To view this webinar, email neyadvancedpractice@hee.nhs.uk for access.

A national Learning Disability and Autism framework is being developed to include the Learning Disability and Autism Credential.

A credential focusing on autism is in development and HEIs are to tender for this. The aim is for the credential to be delivered from the autumn of 2022. Further information about this project can be found here.

Mental Health

We have set up a NEY Regional Strategic Mental Health Advanced Practice Reference Group to provide strategic direction and support for a coordinated and consistent approach to developing the Mental Health workforce across the region. This forum is open to all stakeholders who are interested in growing the Advanced Practice role Mental Health so please email neyadvancedpractice@hee.nhs.uk to join.

The Centre for Advancing Practice has launched a new online Advanced Practice in Mental Health Community of Practice pilot which is aimed at qualified ACPs in mental health as well as those aspiring to or training toward becoming an ACP in mental health. This pilot will enable members to connect, share best practice and influence the development of advanced practice roles. For more information, to become a member and to register for the events visit here