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Physician Associates

Physician Associates (PAs) are medically trained, generalist healthcare professionals, who work alongside doctors and provide medical care as an integral part of the multidisciplinary team.

Physician Associates (PAs) are medically trained, generalist healthcare professionals, who work alongside doctors and provide medical care as an integral part of the multidisciplinary team. Physician associates are practitioners working with a dedicated medical supervisor but are able to work autonomously with appropriate support.

The MAPs Core Capabilities Framework is now available on the Medical Associate Professions page

Physician Associate (PA) apprenticeships

The apprenticeship standard and end-point-assessment have been approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships. Health Education England are developing and implementing a national framework to support employers wanting access to quality assured PA degree apprenticeship training programmes.

FAQs on the Healthcare Apprenticeship Standards Online (HASO) website.

This project is expected to complete by Summer 2022.

Physician Associate preceptorships

Health Education England offers a £5,000 preceptorship allowance paid to employers to support the supervision and educational needs for newly qualified physician associates working in primary care (see below). 

Go to the Faculty of Physician Associates website for more employer information.

Physician Associate ambassadors

There are a number of PA ambassadors who act as advocates for the profession across England. They help to form links with universities and work on local workforce engagement and development. Contact details on the FPA website.

For more information

Learn more about Physician Associates roles from NHS Health Careers and these sites:

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