The Faculty of Physician Associates Awards 2016 are now open for entry

The mission of these awards is to recognise and promote the impressive work that physician associates, supervisors and those involved in the profession, do across the UK to deliver patient-centred care as well as promoting and raising awareness of the physician associate the profession.

Award categories

There are three categories for the physician associate awards:

  • Physician associate of the year*
  • Physician associate supervisor of the year
  • Contribution to the physician associate profession

*please note you must be a member of the Faculty of Physician Associates to be nominated for the physician associate of the year award.

What are the prizes?

Winning entrants will be presented with an award winner's certificate at the 2016 Faculty of Physician Associates Annual Conference, on 29 and 30 September 2016 at the Royal College of Physicians of London.

Winners will also receive:

  • Physician associate of the year - £250
  • Physician associate supervisor of the year - £250
  • Contribution to the physician associate profession - £500

How do I nominate?

Please complete the awards entry form and return to to formally submit your nomination. All sections must be completed in full. Please note that any incomplete forms will not be accepted.

You will be required to provide a testimony to highlight why the individual you wish to nominate should be considered for an award along with contact details of a referee to support and verify the nomination.

When will nominations close?

Nominations will close at 17.00 on 15 July 2016.

You may not submit a nomination for yourself . Any incomplete forms will not be accepted.

The nomination entries will be judged by an independent panel of adjudicators and awards will be presented at the 2016 Faculty of Physician Associates Annual Conference.


Results from the faculty president election

Voting for the election of the new president has now closed. Jeannie Watkins received 38 votes and Sam Cryer received 20 votes, and so Jeannie has the majority and has been elected as your new president.

We will now move to the election of the vice president. However Sam was the only nomination, and therefore is elected without any need for a further ballot.

Congratulations to both Jeannie and Sam!! They will begin their new roles from 1 August 2016.

Save the date! Faculty of Physician Associate CPD Conference 29 and 30 September 2016 - now open for bookings

Save the date for this year’s Faculty CPD Conference which will be held at the RCP on 29 September 2016 to 30 September 2016. This is hoped to be linked with the launch of a UK PA week to recognise the contribution of PAs across the UK.

Designed to be applicable to clinical practice and provide take-away messages, the interactive programme will include a wide variety of general medical topics with both a primary and secondary care focus. The programme will be based on the Competency and Curriculum Framework for physician associates and will also include sessions on communication, leadership, research, and management topics.

View the full conference programme here.

Early bird fees until 28 July 2016 so book your place now!


Public Health England: PA Eligibility Criteria to Undertake Cervical Sample Taker Training

The NHS Cervical Screening Programme (NHS CSP) has received queries from Physician Associates (PAs) taking up posts in GP practices to ask whether they are eligible to undertake cervical sample taker training. The programme acknowledges that this role is becoming a key part of the future multi-disciplinary, multi-skilled, non-doctor workforce in the UK.

The eligibility of PAs to undertake cervical sample taker training has been raised and discussed by the Advisory Committee Cervical Screening (ACCS). The committee reviewed the requirements needed to undertake the PA role and the knowledge and core skill set achieved at qualification.

The ACCS has recommended that registered (MVR) Physician Associates would be eligible to undertake cervical sample taker training.

Please click here to see full message from the NHS Cervical Screening Programme that includes the ACCS recommendation