Formerly known as UK Association of Physician Associates (UKAPA)

Welcome to the home of the Faculty of Physician Associates at the Royal College of Physicians

The Physician Associate is an innovative new health professional, who works with the clinical team to provide quality health care across the NHS.   


The Faculty of Physician Associates launched in July 2015 after collaboration between UKAPA and the Royal College of Physicians. UKAPA was founded in July 2005 by American physician associates employed in the United Kingdom in an effort to support and promote the development of the PA profession in the UK. The Department of Health's Competence and Curriculum Framework for the Physician Assistant (now 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.

At present there are several universities in the UK that provide courses for Physician Associates. There are currently PAs working in England and Scotland in a wide variety of medical and surgical specialties. They are also found on the academic staffs of the universities programmes.


Don't Miss:

This year’s Faculty CPD Conference which will be held at the RCP on 29 September 2016 to 30 September 2016

The new 'Who are physician associates?' leaflet for information about the profession