Physician Associate

Physician Associate

PAs are healthcare professionals with a generalist medical education who work alongside doctors to provide medical care as an integral part of the multidisciplinary team. PAs are dependent practitioners working with a dedicated consultant or GP supervisor but can work autonomously with appropriate support.

Recent workforce data undertaken in primary care across the North West has served to strongly illustrate the need for action to improve the attraction, recruitment and retention of health care workforce to the general practice setting. As part of the Workforce Transformation Programme, Health Education England’s North West team is supporting the new role of Physician Associates.

A Physician Associate is a new role and it is evolving. A Physician Associate, whilst not a doctor, works to the medical model and has been used in other areas of the country to fill the workforce gap in Primary care.

Royal College of Physicians – PA Employers Guide

Royal College of Physicians – Who are Physician Associates

Royal College of Physicians – PA Managed Voluntary Register

NHS HEE – Physician Associates: A working Solution in primary care

Placement Opportunities

Southport and Formby Health Ltd (GP Federation) have been allocated the responsibility of coordinating Physician Associate Placements across the whole of Cheshire and Merseyside.
We are looking to recruit practices, who may wish to accommodate a Physician’s Associate on a clinical placement. 

Physician Associates will have a biomedical science degree and complete a 2 year PGDip PA programme. Physician Associates will come to you with a ‘fitness to work package’, which includes all occupational health checks, DBS, CPR training and indemnity.

Physician Associate Education and Training Support Pack