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Developing the Role of the Physician Associate

Monday 26 November 2018
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

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

‘The evidence here suggests that PAs can make a positive contribution to medical care and medical teams.’ Contribution of physician assistants/associates to secondary care: a systematic review BMJ 2017

“As their presence in the NHS increases, there is growing interest in PAs (Physician Associates), what they do, and how they fit with the established roles and systems” The BMA 2017

‘The physician associate profession is a growing and evolving one. We estimate that there will be just under 600 qualified physician associates in the UK by the end of the year. This is expected to grow to up to 3,200 by 2020. Physician associates, in addition to existing members of the healthcare team, are here to add value, capacity and generalist skills to the clinical teams providing care for patients across primary and secondary care. This guidance will not only help employers to introduce physician associates to their teams, but also retain PA’s by supporting them to progress and succeed.’ Jeannie Watkins, president of the Faculty of Physician Associates September 2017

‘The PA is described as a dependent practitioner and will always work under the supervision of a designated doctor. Their detailed scope of practice in a given setting is circumscribed by that of the supervising doctor. Although there may be circumstances when the supervising doctor is not physically present, they will always be readily available for consultation. Like all other regulated healthcare professionals, the PA is responsible for their own practice, although the supervising doctor always maintains the ultimate responsibility for the patient.’ Employers Guide to Physician Associates, 2017

“There are currently a number of concerns affecting the health service and impacting upon the ability to deliver good quality, safe and effective care. We believe that an increase in the number of Physician Associates working in the NHS will assist in addressing a number of these concerns. Physician Associates will provide expert support to clinical teams in the delivery of holistic care and treatment, helping to build much needed capacity in the NHS workforce.” National Physician Associate Expansion Programme The Department of Healths Competence and Curriculum Framework for the Physician Associate defines the physician associate as:… “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.”

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 and the development of the National Physician Associate Expansion Programme. 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

‘Many trusts allow PAs to transcribe medications to drug charts, but each transcription requires the signature of a fully registered doctor who assumes ultimate responsibility for the prescription. A move to electronic prescribing may prevent this inconvenience in the future. It is strongly recommended that PAs do not use any form of electronic prescribing, in order to prevent any practice outside their competence. When the PA profession is regulated, the regulator will determine what additional training is required for PAs to be allowed to prescribe.’ Employers Guide to Physician Associates, 2017

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 the Physician Associate Expansion Programme
  • 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

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

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