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

The Faculty of Physician Associates (FPA) is the professional body representing physician associates in the UK, based at the Royal College of Physicians. Members of the FPA are part of a professional membership body campaigning for progress and change in the profession, offering advice to the government, and taking part in national debates on medical, clinical and public health issues. The FPA reviews and sets standards for:

  • the education and training of physician associates
  • accreditation of university programmes and 
  • physician associate national certification and recertification examinations. 

The faculty provides 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.

The FPA oversees and administers the running of the Physician Associate Managed Voluntary Register (PA MVR) and is campaigning to achieve statutory registration of the profession. 

For information on how to become a member of the FPA, visit our join pages. 


Don't Miss:

The FPA invites you to join us at Medicine 2017: RCP annual conference in March 2017. The sessions we are hosting are aimed at PAs, doctors supervising PAs, and those interested in the profession and how it will shape the future of the NHS medical workforce. Find out more. 

Looking for accessible, clear information on the physician associate and how they fit into the workforce? Our 'Who are physician associates?' leaflet is a great resource.