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Supporting & Developing the Role of the Physician Associate

Friday 9 Oct 2020


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Find out more about virtual attendance

There are now over 2000 qualified Physician Associates working across the UK

This virtual 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 and effective integration into the multidisciplinary team. Through national updates and practical case studies the conference will enable you to understand the role, the benefits and practical implications in practice for deployment in your service. The conference will discuss accountability and supervision of Physician Associates in practice with case studies from Acute, Mental Health and Primary Care settings and outline the PA responsibilities and limits of practice with regard to medications and prescribing both now and moving forward.

“Physician Associates are a new healthcare professional who, while not a doctor, works to the medical model, with the attitudes, skills and knowledge base to deliver holistic care and treatment within the general medical and/or general practice team under defined levels of supervision.”

Health Education England 

“Physician associates work within a defined scope of practice and limits of competence. They:

  • Take medical histories from patients Carry out physical examinations
  • See patients with undifferentiated diagnoses
  • See patients with long-term chronic conditions
  • Formulate differential diagnoses and management plans
  • Perform diagnostic and therapeutic procedures
  • Develop and deliver appropriate treatment and management plans
  • Request and interpret diagnostic tests
  • Provide health promotion and disease prevention advice for patients

Currently, physician associates are not able to:

  • Prescribe
  • Request ionising radiation (eg chest x-ray or CT scan)”

Kate Straughton President Faculty of Physician Associates October 2019

The conference will also discuss moving forward with the role and the development of regulation following the Department of Health announcement in 2019 that the General Medical Council will take on the regulation of Physician Associates.

This conference will enable you to:

  • Network with colleagues working to develop the role of the Physician Associate
  • Reflect on the evidence of clinical impact and improvements in patient experience 
  • 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
  • Reflect on the barriers and facilitators to integration of Physician Associates into the clinical team? 
  • Develop the Physician Associate role in ensuring continuity of care 
  • 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, Mental Health and Primary Care
  • Self assess and reflect on your own practice
  • Gain CPD accreditation points contributing to professional development and revalidation evidence

100% of delegates at our previous conference on this subject would recommend it to a colleague

PLUS: There will be an opportunity to hear from the Medical Protection Society in the pre-conference supplier showcase session

Chair and Speakers Include:

Prof Vari Drennan MBE

Professor of Health Care & Policy Research
Kingston and St Georges University of London

Dr Natalie King

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

Exhibition & Sponsorship Packages

This conference offers a valuable opportunity for industry suppliers to personally meet with their target audience 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 a virtual booth, 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 on-site and virtually 
  • 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 Carolyn Goodbody for virtual & hybrid exhibition and sponsorship prices, or to discuss a tailored package to suit your needs and budget.

Fee Options

NHS, Social Care, Private Healthcare Organisations & Universities



Voluntary sector & charities



Commercial organisations



(Prices in brackets include VAT)


Additional delegate discount:

A discount of 15% will be applied to fees for any extra delegates.

Online discount:

A discount of 10% will be applied if you pay using the website.

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