Physician associates provide crucial support to doctors, and work as part of multi-disciplinary teams in the diagnosis and management of patients. Whilst still a relatively new profession in the NHS, numbers of physician associates are increasing across the UK, and with that comes the recognition of the vital role they play in delivering high quality care. Physician associates need a minimum of a postgraduate diploma (PgDip) in physician associate Studies in order to qualify as a physician associate.
Although physician associates are dependent practitioners, they can also practice independently and make independent decisions. This is enabled by collaboration and supportive working with their clinical supervisors.
In 2016 the Partnership Workforce Board identified physician associate workforce growth as a key priority in addressing some of the challenges across the area. Physician associates are fundamental to system-wide service and workforce transformation.
The overarching aim of the faculty is to enable growth in the physician associate workforce through collaborative and system-wide approaches to recruitment, retention and development of these healthcare professionals.
Physician associate recruitment
A system-wide preceptorship scheme has been developed to support employers and to promote growth and development of the physician associate role.
We are working with our employers and Hull York Medical School to enable as many PAs being educated in to join our diverse workforce as possible. If you are interested in recruiting a PA or would like further information, please email the workforce team.
Primary care workforce and training hubs
MSc in Physician Associate Studies
The Hull York Medical School offers a master’s degree in physician associate studies. Beyond the partnership, the University of Leeds and the University of Bradford offer master’s degrees in physician associate studies.
Physician associate ready scheme – Haxby Group
Haxby Group provides a physician associate ready scheme to practices.
- Haxby Group offers support for practices to employ and develop physician associates in general practice
- Participating practices can access a two-year training grant, support workshops and a peer support network
For further information email firstname.lastname@example.org
Promotion of the physician associate role
The faculty has created a suite of evidence around the impact and benefits of PAs within primary and secondary care settings. This will provide employers and staff with a basis on which to conduct workforce planning and inform workforce decisions.
Retention and career development
The faculty is working to consider and promote retention strategies that include:
- Creating a career framework that enables opportunities to progress that considers appraisal, regulation and rotation
- Preceptorship/foundation/transition years
- Career opportunities – you can find recent survey results on the development of a career pathway here
- Ongoing development, that includes leadership.
Physician associate research case studies
Guidance for employers
Primary Care Workforce Development in Humber, Coast and Vale
Protecting the Health Service and Managing the COVID-19 Pandemic Surge: The Unintended Impact of Service Reconfiguration on the Specialist Rehabilitation Service at a Regional Teaching Hospital
For further information, please email the Faculty. If you are a qualified or in training PA and would like to receive information from us, please email us with your name, organisation, email address and specialist area.