Physician Associates

Physician Associates (PA) are dependant healthcare practitioners who work under the supervision of a doctor.

Physician Associates provide generalist medical care within both primary and secondary care settings. PAs undergo 3 years of undergraduate study in a science degree and a further 2 years of postgraduate study in the Physician Associate programme. Following the successful completion of the Physician Associate National Exam, PAs become autonomous practitioners with their scope of practice. PAs provide a varied skill mix to the multidisciplinary team.



Please see London Physician Associate website for CPD updates.

Mental Health Teaching

NHSE have funded Maudsley Learning to develop mental health teaching for PAs in London:

  • Masterclass: One day online course aimed to develop skills in assessing patients with mental health disorders. Multiple course dates running until March 2023. Sign in on the website and purchase for FREE using the PIN: NHSE2023
  • Simulation session: One day session providing best practice approaches for psychiatric tasks and effective communication skills. Online and face to face dates available.

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Faculty of Physician Associate resources

The FPA is developing guidance to help patients and the wider public understand the PA role and scope of practice. The first of these documents has been published: