Physician Associate programme

What is a Physician Associate?

A Physician Associate (PA) is defined as someone who 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.

The role is designed to supplement the medical workforce, thereby improving patient access (DH 2012).

The Physician Associate career is a rapidly growing healthcare role in the UK and upon successful completion of the programme, students will be eligible to seek entry to the Faculty of Physician Associates (UKFPA) National Exam and registration on the Physician Associate Managed Voluntary Register (PAMVR).

Year 1

Trimester 1 Trimester 2 Trimester 3
Medical Practice & Patient Care 1
(30 credits level 7)
Medical Practice & Patient Care 2
(30 credits level 7)
Medical Practice & Patient Care 3
(15 credits level 7)
    Policy, Practice & Governance
(15 credits level 7)
Primary Care Practice
(60 P credits)
Primary Care Practice
(60 P credits)
Primary Care Practice
(60 P credits)

Year 2

Trimester 1 Trimester 2 Trimester 3
Quality Improvement in the NHS
(30 credits level 7)
Quality Improvement in the NHS
(30 credits level 7)
 
Medical Practice in Primary & Secondary Care
(60 credits level 7)
Medical Practice in Primary & Secondary Care
(60 credits level 7)
Medical Practice in Primary & Secondary Care
(60 credits level 7)

Further Information about the structure of the course can be found here.

Required clinical learning hours

The programme has been designed to allow students to achieve the required hours in the following specialities to accord with the requirements of the UKFPA. These will be achieved through undertaking a series of rotations in primary and secondary care.

Defined areas from CCF (clinical hours in named specialities) Hours
Community medicine (including GP practice) 440
General hospital medicine 480
Front door medicine (A&E) 240
Mental health 120
General surgery 120
Obstetrics and gynaecology 120
Paediatrics (acute setting) 120
TOTAL in clinical practice: 1640