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Supporting & Developing the Role of the Physician Associate

Thursday 7 Jul 2022


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Find out more about virtual attendance

This timely 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 how the role has changed during Covid-19, accountability and supervision of Physician Associates in practice with 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. 

“There are approximately 2,700 qualified PAs working across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland”

Kate Straughton, President The Faculty of Physician Associates July 2021

“The GMC is busy preparing to regulate PAs in line with Government legislation, now expected to be implemented in 2023. Revalidation will not begin until the end of the 2 year transition period”

General Medical Council, 1st December 2021

“We know that PAs are working in an increasingly diverse range of roles.”

General Medical Council, 1st December 2021

“Physician associates are medically trained, generalist healthcare professionals, who work alongside doctors and provide medical care as an integral part of the multidisciplinary team. Physician associates are dependent practitioners working with a dedicated medical supervisor, but are able to work autonomously with appropriate support.”

Faculty of Physician Associates 2021

“Physician associates work within a defined scope of practice and limits of competence. They • Take medical histories from patients • Carry out physical examinations • See patients with undifferentiated diagnoses • See patients with long-term chronic conditions • Formulate differential diagnoses and management plans • Perform diagnostic and therapeutic procedures • Develop and deliver appropriate treatment and management plans • Request and interpret diagnostic tests • Provide health promotion and disease prevention advice for patients. Currently, physician associates are not able to • Prescribe • Request ionising radiation (eg chest x-ray or CT scan)”

Kate Straughton President Faculty of Physician Associates

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
  • Understand the challenges as a result of Covid-19
  • 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 this event would reccomend it to a colleague

Speakers Include:

Dr V. Sankara Raman

Director of Medical Education and Clinical Lead Consultant for Gastroenterology
George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust

Helen Arrowsmith

Programme Manager of MAPs regulation
General Medical Council

Pauline Weir

Board Member and qualified PA, The Faculty of Physician Associates
Physician Associate, Thurrock Health Centre Lead Physician Associate Ambassador, HEE East of England

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

NHS, Schools & Public Sector



Voluntary sector & charities



Commercial organisations



Virtual Training



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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