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Supporting & Developing the Role of the Physician Associate

Fri, 2 Feb 2024

Virtual, Online

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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.

Chair and Speakers include:

Dr James Gray

Director of Student Recruitment, Course Director - MMedSci Physician Associate Studies
School of Medicine and Population Health
The University of Sheffield

Laura McEwen-Smith

National Programme Lead; Medical Associate Professions Workforce
Training and Education
Nhs England

Dr Natalie King

Clinical Director Medicine
Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

Mr Alex Reynolds

Lead Physician Associate for Neurosurgery
University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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 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 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 Carolyn Goodbody for exhibition and sponsorship prices, or to discuss a tailored package to suit your needs and budget.

Fee Options

Virtual NHS, Schools, Care and Public Sector



Virtual Voluntary sector & charities



Virtual Commercial organisations



Current Physician Associates or Aspiring Physician Associates



(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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