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Supporting & Developing the Role of the Physician Associate

Friday 10 May 2019
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

Supporting & Developing the Role of the Physician Associate
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How can a Physician Associate support you to improve patient care and service delivery?

“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

Physician associates are dependent practitioners working with a dedicated medical supervisor, but are able to work autonomously with appropriate support. They increase the numbers of the medical workforce and increase access to quality care for patients… Physician associates where they are employed, are already demonstrating that they are a tremendous support to the wider healthcare team. We have seen an increase in the number of positions for PAs across the NHS both in primary and secondary care. As numbers of graduates increase, alongside statutory regulation coming into force, this can only be a positive step forward for staffing within the NHS.” Jeannie Watkins, president of the Faculty of Physician Associates speaking to Medscape November 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


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