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Regional Faculties for Advancing Practice announcement

Building a recognised and visible advanced practitioner workforce is a priority for the NHS; there is a clear and identified need for highly experienced clinicians trained to an advanced level of practice.

Health Education England’s Centre for Advancing Practice has established a network of Regional Faculties for Advancing Practice to drive pioneering workforce transformation for advanced practice across England.

To deliver the step change in advanced practice outlined in the NHS Long Term Plan; to develop modern pathways of care, improve patient safety, value and efficacy, HEE has made a significant investment in the formation of a multi-professional Faculty in each of its seven regions.

The Faculties are in a unique position to understand and address their region’s workforce requirements, this collaborative regional leadership model is essential to drive change at a local level. They will work across their local systems (Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs)/Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) to support transformation in practice. Each Faculty will:

  • identify workforce demand
  • commission high quality education and training
  • optimise clinical training, supervision and assessment
  • support communities of practice to drive ongoing development and support to improve patient care

Our Regional Faculty Leads:

South West – Lisa Munro-Davies

South East – Sarah Goodhew

North East and Yorkshire – Julie Perrin/Linda Crofts

North West – Annabella Gloster

Midlands – Julian Barratt

East of England – Katie Cooper

London – Nick Sullivan

Our Regional Faculties for Advancing Practice will enable a step change in how we are able to support 21st century workforce transformation across the professions. The significant skill sets and level of practice of our highly valued experienced workforce will support Covid-19 recovery and transformation, alongside the retention of their skills within clinical roles.

‘We will meet the ambitions of the Long Term Plan by liberating the skills of all professions to optimise population health, through recognisable and trusted education and training.

Beverley Harden, National Lead for Advancing Practice, Health Education England

The Centre for Advancing Practice has been established to oversee the workforce transformation of advanced level practice;

  • establish and monitor standards for education and training
  • accredit advanced programmes
  • support and recognise practitioners
  • grow and embed advanced practice and consultant workforce

The setting of education and training standards and equality of opportunity of advanced level practice across the professions, sectors and specialties adds value for patients by providing more, experienced, highly-skilled, safe practitioners to deliver 21st Century care.