Taking place at Manchester Central, Medicine 2017 is this year's flagship event providing high-quality education and professional development.
The Faculty of Physician Associates is hosting a session on Thursday 16 March from 11.00 to 12.30, entitled Physician Associates: shaping the future of the medical workforce. This session is aimed at physicians currently working with or supervising physician associates, physicians who will be working with physician associates in the future, and of course physician associates themselves.
Dr Johnny Boylan, clinical fellow at the RCP, will discuss the stresses and strains currently on the NHS. He will explore how the introduction of physician associates offers a means to ease some of those workforce pressures and increase the capacity of the multidisciplinary team.
Dr Natalie King is the clinical lead for acute medicine at Surrey and Sussex NHS Trust. Dr King has worked with physician associates and physician associate students for several years and and employs 13 physician associates in her trust where she is a physician associate tutor. Dr King will discuss the benefits of employing physician associates to help relieve pressures, improve care for patients, and transform the way that the service is delivered.
Physician associates and physicians alike will benefit from hearing about new and innovative ways of working. We also hear from Jeannie Watkins, president of the Faculty of Physician Associates, senior lecturer in physician associate studies at St George's university, and physician associate. Jeannie will provide updates on the profession and the work of the Faculty of Physician Associates, including the progress made on the road to statutory regulation.
Those engaged in or otherwise interested in the physician associate profession are also invited to join the FPA at two lunchtime sessions taking place on both days of the conference.
Thursday 16 March, 13.45 - 14.10 - FPA President Q&A: taking the profession forward
Friday 17 March, 13.40 - 14.10 - PAs and physicians: working together
Both sessions will provide a chance to discuss with physicians and physician associates alike about their experiences of working together to improve the experience of the team and patients. Jeannie Watkins, president of the FPA, and FPA board members, will also provide updates on the profession and regulation, as well as answering your questions on how physician associates can ease pressures on the medical workforce.
We hope you will join us at Medicine 2017: RCP annual conference. Find out more on the RCP events page.