School:School of Medicine
Areas of Expertise: Life sciences
Jade is one of the first UK-trained physician associates, obtaining her national exam certification in 2010. She has since specialised in General Practice medicine and is a senior lecturer on our postgraduate Physician Associate course.
Jade originally trained as a Therapeutic Radiographer, later completing training to become one of the first UK trained Physician Associates in the country.
Having completed her national exam in 2010, she has worked extensively in the Essex region promoting and educating on the role of the Physician Associate. This led to an invitation to the house of parliament in 2016, to discuss the role and contribution of the Physician Associate within the NHS.
Jade has spent her career as a Physician Associate between General Practice and Education. She has a number of special interests and qualifications within General Practice, such as contraceptive implant surgical insertion and removal, initiation and management of anticoagulants and palliative care.
One of Jade's main specialised roles was within Diabetes care. She is trained to initiate and manage insulin within both type 1 and type 2 diabetes and has been responsible for a number of initiatives in the region, such as an admission avoidance programme for patients with type 1 diabetes and the consideration of the use of GLP1 analogues for patients with type 2 diabetes.
Jade set up a point of care warfarin unit within Braintree, and for 3 years, led this clinic within general practice. Overseeing areas of management within primary care historically cared for in secondary care.
Before Jade joined ARU full time, she was the clinical director of the General Practice she worked in. Over the course of many years, Jade has made significant contributions to the Physician Associate profession both in practice and in education. She has recently been commended by the GMC for her contribution to the education framework for Physician Associates post regulation.
She is currently the chief examiner of the national examination at the Royal College of Physicians. Whilst taking an active role in teaching and managing the Physician Associate programme at ARU, Jade sits on a number of external panels such as the PA Schools Council, the Faculty of Physician Associate board and the Royal College of Physicians education board. She chairs the Royal College of Physicians examination board.
Jade sits on the development group for Physician Associates at the Royal College of Physicians and also contributes to question writing groups for both the single best answer and OSCE national exam. She has a number of key interests within education which include inclusivity and the critical race theory within medical education.
As the first Physician Associate in Essex, Jade has taken much pride in helping to build the profession locally. She continues to work alongside Health Education England and the local medical community to grow the Physician Associate population and support junior Physician Associates in the region.
Jade participated in the National Institute of Clinical research study which evaluated the efficacy of the Physician Associate in primary care.