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Reduced delegate rate for Registered and Trainee Physician Associates
This one day 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 supporting physician associates, accountability and supervision of Physician Associates in practice and will include case studies from Acute, Mental Health and Primary Care settings. The event will outline the PA responsibilities and limits of practice with regard to medications and prescribing both now and moving forward.
There will be an update from the General Medical Council on regulation including registration requirements for Physician Associates.
The GMC reports on 28th November 2023 that: "Late next year we’ll be welcoming physician associates and anaesthesia associates into regulation. Regulation will help to increase the contribution they can make to UK healthcare, while keeping patients safe. Like doctors, PAs & AAs will have a responsibility to clearly communicate who they are, & their role in the team. The GMC reference number has been raised in this context. We’re considering how to make it as easy as possible for anyone to identify individual registrants & to tell if they’re a doctor, PA or AA. We’ll update more on this shortly, but in the meantime work continues with doctor, PA & AA representatives and stakeholders to make sure we’re ready to bring these professions into regulation at the end of 2024.”
“On 17 February 2023, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) published Regulating anaesthesia associates and physician associates, a public consultation on the draft legislation to bring physician associates and anaesthesia associates into regulation. This legislation represents the first part of the government’s commitment to modernise the regulatory system for healthcare professionals across the UK.”
Care Quality Commission 2023
“Increasingly, physician associates (PAs) and anaesthesia associates (AAs) play key roles as part of teams in a range of healthcare settings. The four UK governments have asked the GMC to regulate these professionals. We’re currently awaiting the change in the law which will allow this to happen so that we can then draft and consult on new rules and guidance.”
GMC, 21st June 2022
“Investing in PAs in 2011 is probably one of the best things our trust has ever done and it’s hard now to imagine our teams without them.”
Dr Natalie King heads the Kent, Surrey and Sussex School of Physician Associates and is also Clinical Director for Emergency Access and Consultant in Acute Medicine at Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust June 2022
“There are approximately 3300 qualified PAs working across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.”
Pauline Weir, Faculty Dean, The Faculty of Physician Associates July 2022
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
Prescribing Rights – understand current issues and limitations of practice
Examine options for Career Development and the role of the Lead PA
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 (and how this might change with regulation)
Identify key strategies for effective Clinical Supervision
Examine your role in supporting Physician Associates
Learn from experienced Physician Associates in a diverse clinical areas
Self assess and reflect on your own practice
Supports CPD professional development and acts as revalidation evidence. This course provides 5 Hrs training for CPD subject to peer group approval for revalidation purposes
100% of the delegates who attended the last date would recommend this conference to a colleague.