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 physician associate 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 across the UK that provide courses for physician associates. There are currently physician associates 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.


Mission statement:

The mission of the faculty of physician associates, established within the Royal College of Physicians, is to provide professional support to physician associates (PAs) across the UK. Members of the faculty will be part of a professional membership body that will campaign for progress and change in the profession, advise government, take part in national debates on medical, clinical and public health issues and review and set standards for; the education and training of physician associates, accreditation of university programmes and the physician associate national certification and recertification examinations. The faculty will provide support to both qualified and student physician associates in their education, training and professional development, giving members access to a benefits package that includes a CPD diary, publications, library resources, and discounts on professional development courses and events.


Don't Miss:

Don't forget, the RCP are holding a mentoring skills workshop (worth 5 CPD credits) for physician associate on 3 February 2017. You can find more information on the RCP website and book your place here.

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