Below you will find information and resources for the role of Physician Associate.
About Physician Associates
Have you come across the term Physician Associate (PAs)?
You may have come across the term Physician Associates or PAs but may not be entirely sure what they can do? Especially in general practice! Would it surprise you to learn that they are clinical graduates trained in the medical model to consult, examine, understand the patient’s problems and plan care?
They work to complement GPs and the practice team. They are dependent practitioners who remain under the supervision of a named GP, to add extra capacity and flexibility. Like all clinicians, they are committed to on-going learning and development.
Find out more about the role of Physician Associate
CPTH Physician Associate Network
Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Training Hub (CPTH) have a Physician Associate Ambassador, Rimpal Nata who is here to support you.
Please contact Rimpal at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information.
“Hello, my name is Rimpal and I am a Physician associate working in primary care, I have worked in Primary care for over a year now. I started my career as a PA student throughout the pandemic. During my placements I worked in primary and secondary care, covering general medicine and different specialities, upon waiting to sit my end of year exams. I continued to work in psychiatry and general practice gaining experience and knowledge. I am currently working as qualified PA in general practice and with Cambridgeshire and Peterborough training hub, and HEE to establish a stronger workforce across C&P for PAs. I am more than happy to answer any PA related questions from both employers and PAs.”
Training and Development Opportunities for Physician Associates
- We have a range of courses available to for physician associates on our website.
- Physician Associates East of England Teach-In Webinar are held 6.30-7.30pm on the 4th Thursday of every month, starting Thursday 25th Feb 2021.
- 1 hour of online teaching for 1 external CPD credit it is open to all PAs in the East of England.
All training and teaching events for physician associates can be found on our the CPTH website: https://cptraininghub.nhs.uk/events/
Physician Associate Foundation Intern Programme in Primary Care
Health Education England are supporting the cost of increasing clinical placement time for student PAs in primary care from 180 up to 510 hours. There’s a £5000 preceptorship allowance to support the supervision and educational needs for any qualified physician associate working in primary care for their first year.
For more details on the intern programme information visit: https://heeoe.hee.nhs.uk/physician-associate-foundation-intern-programme-primary-care
Cohort 3 is currently taking applications, please circulate the below within your local networks and encourage any interested organisations within your area to complete an application form by Friday 2 December 2022.
If anyone has any questions about the programme, please do not hesitate to get in touch via this email address: email@example.com
Alternatively, if organisations would like to contact the Physician Associate Ambassador based in their STP area then their contact information (and bios!) can be found here: https://heeoe.hee.nhs.uk/physician-associates-ambassadors
CQC Physician Associates in general practice: https://www.cqc.org.uk/guidance-providers/gps/nigels-surgery-82-physician-associates-general-practice