Physician Associate Resources 

Role of a Physician Associate 

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. 

Recruitment 

 
There are 34 Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) offering PA training programmes. This means the number of qualified Physician Associates is increasing. Health Education England (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 
 
 

Resources 

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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