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Medical Associate Professions

The NHS has seen the emergence of new professional roles working within multi-professional teams as part of the continuing drive to provide safe, accessible high-quality care for patients in hospital and community services. Medical Associate Professions (MAP) roles have been identified as part of the solution to workforce issues outlined in the NHS People Plan.

Our work to date

Through our MAP Oversight Board, we work in partnership with representatives of the devolved administrations, Medical Royal Colleges and their affiliated faculty representatives, to develop and shape the post-registration education, training and careers for each of the three MAPs roles.

This will help define the role of medical associate professionals and other non-medical roles:

  • Identify and describe the professional skills, knowledge and behaviours required to deliver high quality, compassionate care and support
  • Consider how further development of these roles could be streamlined and supported nationally
  • Create an overarching professional title to form a common professional identity

In February 2021, HEE commissioned Skills for Health to lead the development of a MAPs core capabilities framework, that forms part of a broader MAPs career development framework. The core capabilities framework is due to be published in Spring 2022, with an initial focus on implementation for anaesthesia associates and physician associates as they move towards statutory regulation. 


Regulation update

In July 2019, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) asked the General Medical Council to regulate physician associates (PAs) and anaesthesia associates (AAs).

HEE and the MAP Oversight Board will continue to work with the Department to progress statutory regulation for AAs and PAs. We will support the development of a legislative framework and route to statutory regulation for surgical care practitioners and future roles into the MAP group.


For more information

Learn more about the roles of Medical Associate Professions on the Health Careers website

For more information about the benefits of employing Medical Associate Professions visit NHS Employers website

Establishing Common Standards for Continuing Professional Development, Assessment and Appraisal

Working with our Royal College and faculty partners, we have developed the 'Establishing Common Standards for Continuing Professional Development, Assessment and Appraisal Guidelines for Medical Associate Professionals'.

This document provides clear guidance for the trained and qualified MAP NHS workforce, and sets out common standards for ongoing CPD, assessment and appraisal. This guidance should be used to enable MAPs, with the support of employers, to plan, institute, maintain and evidence their ongoing clinical, academic, and professional learning to common standards via their commitment to their professional development.

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