As part of the continuing drive to provide safe, accessible and high-quality care for patients, the NHS has seen the emergence of new medical associate professions (MAPs) working across multi-professional teams.
These roles include:
- advanced critical care practitioners
- physician assistants (anaesthesia)
- physician associates
- surgical care practitioners.
MAPS augment the workforce, performing a range of tasks (under supervision) traditionally associated with doctors in training. They do not replace junior doctors but play their own part in bridging skills gaps, retaining skills and knowledge within teams, and maintaining continuity of care.
Watch our video to learn more about these roles and what leaders across the NHS think about them.