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a doctor in consultation imageSeptember 26 2017

A new guide on physician associates sets out the role of the PA, their scope of practice, and how to employ a PA.

 Published by the Faculty of Physician Associates (FPA) at the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), the guide is intended as a resource for use by healthcare providers in primary care organisations, community trusts and acute hospital trusts.

Aspects covered in the guide include:

  • the current education and regulatory framework for the profession;
  • employment and supervision;
  • tools to help guide appraisal, career and salary progression;
  • recommendations for continuing professional development (CPD).

There are an estimated 600 qualified PAs, with numbers set to increase to around 3,200 by 2020.

RCP President Jane Dacre said: “The RCP is committed to strengthening the relationship between doctors and physician associates. We hope that ‘An Employer’s guide to physician associates’ will help employers, commissioners and workforce planners understand physician associates, when to employ them, how they can best be used for the benefit of the wider team and to improve the provision of patient care.”

FPA President Jeannie Watkins added: “Physician associates, in addition to existing members of the healthcare team, are here to add value, capacity and generalist skills to the clinical teams providing care for patients across primary and secondary care. This guidance will not only help employers to introduce physician associates to their teams, but also retain PA’s by supporting them to progress and succeed.”

Link:
RCP announcement         

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