NHS Manchester University

Becoming a S&T FL facilitator

To become a SAGE & THYME facilitator, a person needs to:

  • meet the person specification (see below);
  • attend a SAGE & THYME Foundation Level workshop run by Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust the day before the SATFAC course; and also pass the SATFAC (SAGE & THYME facilitator) course (the current pass rate is about 85%) to become a SAGE & THYME Foundation Level facilitator; OR
  • attend a SAGE & THYME Online workshop run by Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust the morning before the Online SATFAC course; and also pass the Online SATFAC Assessment to become a SAGE & THYME Online facilitator

To run a SAGE & THYME Foundation Level workshop, three SAGE & THYME facilitators are required (two facilitators are needed for SAGE & THYME Online), along with a licence (naming the facilitators) to run the workshop, and delegate packs to give to each participant attending the workshop.


Person specification:


  • Background in the training of communication skills (desirable)
  • Background in health/social care
  • Experience of training using experiential training/ learning methods
  • Experience of running groups/ workshops/ seminars
  • Attended a SAGE & THYME Foundation Level/Online workshop (as appropriate) run by MFT


  • Confident in front of a group and able to deliver a lecture to up to 30 people (20 people Online)
  • Ability to carry out ‘role play’ in front of a group of up to 30 people (Foundation Level only)
  • Ability to run a small group session for up to 10 people
  • Ability to deal with emotionally distressed learners
  • Ability to deal with a diverse group of learners

Personal characteristics

  • Motivated to become a SAGE & THYME facilitator
  • Open to new ideas
  • Have time available to become a facilitator
  • Commitment to facilitate at least 3-4 SAGE & THYME Foundation Level/Online workshops per year
  • Advocate and use the SAGE & THYME model in their practice

We have now included a section in the booking form for you to complete where you need to demonstrate how you meet the person specification by addressing each of the above categories. 

A member of the SAGE & THYME team will review each booking form received and decide whether or not each candidate is suitable or not to attend the training.  This will be fed back to you and the key contact for your area.


The process for becoming a SAGE & THYME facilitator is as follows:

SAGE & THYME Foundation Level workshop:


SAGE & THYME Online workshop:

Download the 'becoming a facilitator' guide on the right hand side of this page for more information.

See our current courses
Find out more about running a workshop in your organisation
See licencing information


Basic Guide to the SAGE & THYME Foundation Level and SAGE & THYME Online Workshops (April 2023)


Becoming a SAGE & THYME facilitator ( November 2022)