27 / 11 / 2013 2.41pm
Physicians associates (PAs) are a relatively new profession to the UK, educated to nationally set standards and working dependently with the medical team.
PAs maintain generic competencies meaning they can work in a range of areas, increasing the flexibility of the workforce. Using PAs provides continuity on wards, particularly those with junior doctor rotations. This new workforce could help with hard to fill gaps such as in emergency medicine, but currently they are only used in around 20 trusts. PAs are employed on the Agenda for Change pay scale, meaning they are significantly cheaper than locum doctors.
A joint conference on physicians associates is being held on 11 March at the University of Birmingham. There are a number of breakout sessions to find out how PAs could benefit your specific area, and a range of guest speakers including Professor Wendy Reid, Medical Director of Health Education England and Chair of NAMPS.
To find out more about the conference and register visit the conference website - Physician Associates and the 21st century NHS workforce.