|Mr Jack Callaghan (m)|
What are 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 multidisci-plinary team. Physician associates are dependent practi-tioners working with a dedicated medical supervisor, but are able to work autonomously with appropriate support.
How Can PAs help the NHS?
Physician associates increase the numbers of the medical workforce and increase access to quality care for patients. They act in an enabling role, helping to reduce the healthcare team’s workload, and bring new talent to the NHS, adding to the skill mix within the teams.
What Qualifications do PAs have? Physician associate courses in the UK all follow a national curriculum and competence framework.
All physician associates must have a:
• relevant degree (for example bioscience or healthcare-related) and
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