A 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.” 
They must have completed an intensive 2-year university course at diploma or master’s level on top of their 3-year biomedical/healthcare related undergraduate degree. More information on the PA role and their benefits can be found on our New Roles page. 
For a summary about recruiting Physician Associates (PAs) - click here. 
There are 34 Higher Education Institutions offering PA training programmes. This means the number of qualified Physician Associates is increasing. HEE have implemented initiatives to help increase the number of Physician Associates choosing to work in general practice including: 
Educational support allowance for students 
Increased clinical placement hours in primary care 
Additional preceptorship funding for Primary Care employers who employ a Physician Associate is available. Click here for further information. 
During the preceptorship year, PATH has been commissioned by HEE to provide support for Physician Associates. 
If you’re a GP or practice manager, you’ll find a dedicated general practice employers page with access to local contacts, FAQs and free resources on the Faculty of Physician Associates webpage. 


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