About the faculty

The Health Education England (HEE) faculty of advanced practice working across the north east north Cumbria (NENC) integrated care system (ICS) has been fully quorate since September 2019. The NENC faculty of advanced practice forms part of the north east and Yorkshire region as one of the ICSs, as per the HEE regional map.


The faculty board includes 30+ stakeholders including representatives from:

  • Primary and secondary care employers
  • Higher Education Institutes (HEIs)
  • Allied Health Professionals
  • Director of Nursing
  • Human Resource Directors


The function of the faculty is to provide funding, advice, educational support and training to stakeholders supporting the development of advanced clinical practitioners (ACPs)physician associates (PAs) and aneasthesia associates (AAs) within the ICS. 


The faculty works closely with the primary care training hub, ICS colleagues, HEE schools and regional faculties.


Meet the faculty business team

Name Role
Simon Gardner Chair of the faculty
Lauraine Gibson Clinical lead
Erika Cowie Programme manager
Gemma Machin Programme support officer



Faculty of advanced practice Winter 2023 newsletter

Faculty of advanced practice Autumn 2022 newsletter

Faculty of advanced practice Summer 2022 newsletter

Physician associates July 2022 newsletter


Contact us

Please contact the NENC faculty of advanced practice via email at advancedpractice.ne@hee.nhs.uk.