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Supporting & Developing the Role of the Physician Associate

This Conference is now Closed

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How can a Physician Associate support you to improve patient care and service delivery?

“The introduction of new roles, such as advanced nurse practitioners and physician associates (PAs), brings added dimensions of practice and learning to our workplaces.”

Royal College of Physicians. Never too busy to learn. London: RCP, 2018

“PAs play a pivotal role in providing continuous support and stability to patients in often stressful and difficult times, helping to deliver improved care in the longer term. The support for the introduction of Physician Associates within primary and secondary care has been overwhelmingly positive from colleagues both within the medical profession, as well as Government. Following the news earlier this year that regulation for the profession is pending, it has never been a more exciting time to be a PA, in this truly versatile role.”

Jeannie Watkins, President of the FPA April 2019

“Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, has announced the introduction of statutory regulation for physician associates, following direct engagement with the NHS workforce. This move will provide these workforce groups with an important foundation, supporting them through a strong regulatory framework and reassuring patients that they are continuing to receive the highest quality of care from the NHS.”

Department of Health October 2018

This timely one day conference focuses on developing the role of the Physician Associate in your service, how the demonstrated benefits of the role can support you and your service and improve patient care. The conference will also look at developing the role of the Physician Associate in practice. Through national updates and practical case studies the conference will enable you to understand the role and the benefits and practical implications in practice for deployment in your service. The conference will discuss the regulation, accountability and supervision of Physician Associates in practice with case studies from hospital and GP settings and outline the PA responsibilities and limits of practice with regard to medications and prescribing both now and moving forward.

This conference will enable you to:

  • Network with colleagues working to develop the role of the Physician Associate
  • Learn from established practice on how a Physician Associate could support you and your service
  • Improve the relationships and ways of working between Physician Associates and the Multidisciplinary team
  • Understand and reflect on current challenges in training, education, competence and accountability
  • Update your knowledge on national developments including Physician Associate Regulation
  • Understand what support Physician Associates can provide
  • Ensure clear guidance around limitations of practice including prescribing
  • Identify key strategies for effective Clinical Supervision
  • Examine your role in supporting Physician Associates
  • Learn from experienced Physician Associates in Surgery, Medicine and Primary Care
  • Self assess and reflect on your own practice
  • Gain CPD accreditation points contributing to professional development and revalidation evidence

Chair and Speakers Include:

Kate Straughton

President Elect
Faculty of Physician Associates

Dr Natalie King

Consultant Physician & Physician Associate Tutor, Surrey & Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust; Clinical lead, KSS Physician Associate School

Dr Anita Sharma

GPwSI, Gynaecology; Clinical Lead, Oldham GP Federation Family Doctor Association; Educational Lead, NW NICE QSAC GP Member South Chadderton Health Centre, with Physician Associate

Exhibition & Sponsorship Packages

This conference offers a valuable opportunity for industry suppliers to personally meet with their target audience away from their workplace in an intimate environment where they will have time to talk and demonstrate the benefits of their products. High quality specialist audiences make having a presence at our events, whether it be a sponsored session, or an exhibition stand, a highly targeted and cost effective marketing channel.

Why Exhibit?

Having a presence at this event will give you the opportunity to:

  • Demonstrate your product, system or service
  • Network and engage face to face with your key audience
  • Generate new business leads
  • Gain exposure for your brand and raise the profile of your organisation
  • Understand the current needs of your audience and challenges they’re facing
  • Update your knowledge of national policy and local developments  


Contact katiej@hc-uk.org.uk for prices and further information, or to discuss a tailored package to suit your needs and budget.

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