Physician Associate (PA)

Physician Associates (PAs) are healthcare professionals with a generalist medical education who work alongside doctors to provide medical care as an integral part of the multidisciplinary team. The Department of Health defines a PA 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’.

Support and Supervision

ARRS Supervision Standards

The Primary Care Training Hub Business Team have worked with Gateshead Place, clinicians within the ARRS roles, and other key stakeholders to establish a minimum standard of Clinical Supervision. These guidelines outline how much supervision each ARRS role should receive, and which roles would be best suited to supervise other roles. These are guidelines only, and individuals should only supervise other roles if they feel comfortable and competent to do so. View here.

Primary Care Training Hub New Roles Overview

The Primary Care Training Hub have engaged with primary care stakeholders across the Integrated Care System and identified a need to develop local resources to promote and embed the new roles available to PCNs.

Information available through the resource includes skills and competencies, training and development, job descriptions, case studies and so much more. 

Click here to access this resource. 

PA Preceptorship

The PA preceptorship offer is an NHS England initiative to support newly qualified physician associates in primary care and those new to primary care with a preceptorship initiative in a supported and structured preceptorship. For the aims of the preceptorship and more information click here