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Physician associate

The Physician Associate (PA) is: “a new healthcare professional who, while not a doctor, works to the medical model, with the attitudes, skills and knowledge base to deliver holistic care and treatment within the general medical and /or general practice team under defined levels of supervision.”

The PA role is gaining momentum and emerging as a key part of the future multi-disciplinary, multi-skilled, non-doctor workforce in the UK. 

We are working collaboratively with our stakeholders and course providers, with an ambition to provide a joined up and robust national training and recruitment strategy.

“A Day in the Life of a Physician Associate” provides an objective, accessible and informative insight into the world of the PA.

Physician Associate Ambassadors

As part of the GP Forward View initiative it is planned to appoint 1000 physician associates in primary care by 2020.  This represents about 100 in the West Midlands and requires doubling the PA output from universities.  HEE is appointing a number of “PA ambassadors” to act as trailblazers for primary care PAs. The ambassadors, working with CEPNs will promote primary care as the career choice for PA students, encourage student placements in practices and work with GP employers to understand how to recruit PAs and deploy as part of their teams. An important aspect of the posts will be to develop a regional primary care PA professional support network.  We are in the process of appointing our first PA ambassador in Herefordshire with additional ambassadors to be appointed in Worcestershire, Staffordshire and Birmingham.


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