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Physician Associates

What are they?

Physician Associates (PAs) work as part of medical team and support doctors in the diagnosis and management of patients. They can work in a GP surgery or in a hospital, and have direct contact with patients. PAs are required to maintain their generalist clinical skills; this allows them to move between different specialties and areas of practice and have a strong patient focus.

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What are the requirements?

Physician Associates will be expected to complete a 27 month full-time Masters of Science course with a range of placements in a variety of clinical settings. In east London, the course has been developed in partnership with Queen Mary University London and has been running since January 2017.

A life science-related degree is required to get onto a PA training programme. Alternatively, a registered healthcare professional, such as a nurse, allied health professional or midwife, can also apply to become a PA.

Where they can apply to do it?

Queen Mary University London

Opportunities available afterwards

Jobs are being developed for students within east London and nationally in general practice, hospitals and specialist services.

Other useful information

The Role of Physician Associates

Faculty of Physician Associates

Guidance for Employers and Supervisors

Physician Associates in General Practice