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Regulation and development of Physician Associates

Jeannie Watkins Physician Associate & Director for Regulation and Legislation at the Faculty of Physician Associates speaks at today’s Physician Associate conference on:

  • Moving Forward to Statutory Registration and Regulation
  • Overview of Regulation in the UK
  • Regulation challenges for Physician Associates
  • Prescribing and ionising radiation
  • Current National and Local Governance structures
  • Way forward


In her presentation Teresa discussed:

Regulators Function

  • Setting the standards of behaviour, competence and education that professionals must meet;
  • Deal with concerns from patients, the public and others about professionals who are unfit to practise because of poor health, misconduct or poor performance;
  • Keep registers of professionals who are fit to practise and setting the requirements for periodic re-registration (and in some cases revalidation) for each profession;
  • Taking action against those falsely claiming to be a registered professional.


Why do PAs need Statutory Regulation?

  • Public protection and safety
  • Protection of title
  • Legal and professional accountability & authority
  • Professional standards for training and education
  • To work to our full potential
  • Professional credibility and National recognition


The Way Forward

  • Discussions with HEE/DH/Regulators & relevant stakeholders
  • Support National and Local Governance systems
  • Accreditation of PA programmes
  • Collaboration with and acceptance by other health professional groups


Jeannie Watkins full presentation is available for download at the end of this page.

Jeannie Watkins Biography:

Jeannie is one of the first UK trained Physician Associates (PA). She has worked as a PA in acute medicine and primary care. Currently Jeannie works as a Senior Lecturer and Clinical Placement Lead on the PA programme at St George’s University of London.

Jeannie has been instrumental in the development of the Physician Associate role in the UK, through nationwide presentations to promote the role, advisory positions on various national boards and in establishing the PA Managed Voluntary Register. She has served as President of the profession and is currently Immediate Past President and Director for Regulation on behalf of the Faculty of PAs at the RCP.

Jeannie also runs an independent consultancy service specifically relating to Physician Associates.

Future conferences of interest:

Consultant Job Planning
Tuesday 12 April 2016
Hallam Conference Centre

In-depth legal masterclass: Informed Consent After Lanarkshire
Tuesday 12 April 2016
Hallam Conference Centre

Caldicott Guardian Training Course
Tuesday 19 April 2016
Hallam Conference Centre

Masterclass: Preventing Burnout in the Health and Social Care Professions
Wednesday 20 April 2016
Hallam Conference Centre

Managing Doctors in Difficulty and Difficult Doctors
Monday 25 April 2016
ICO Conference Centre

Effective Discharge Planning and Practice
Wednesday 4 May 2016
Hallam Conference Centre

Download: jeannie-watkins_1340.pdf

1 March 2016


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