Developing Excellence in Leadership

The FPA is pleased to announce that it will be running its first PA leadership programme commencing 23 April 2019 in conjunction with the RCP.

Thanks to generous funding from Health Education England, we are able to offer 20 fully funded places on this CPD accredited programme.

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Government announces regulation of physician associates

Matt Hancock, the secretary of state for health and social care, has announced plans to introduce statutory regulation of physician associates (PAs).

The Faculty of Physician Associates (FPA) and the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) are delighted that after years of making the case to government we’ve been heard. Achieving statutory regulation for physician associates has been an important priority and we are now a significant step closer.

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We’re recruiting! Positions open on the FPA Board

We are appointing two Faculty officer roles, Secretary and Treasurer to our Faculty Board. These are senior leadership roles dedicated to supporting the development of the FPA and in turn the profession. The terms of office for each role will be three years and the Faculty Board currently meets 4 times a year.

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Code of Conduct for Physician Associates

The Faculty of Physicians Associates (FPA) has recently updated their Code of Conduct.

This item will be of interest to all Physicians Associates (PAs) and outlines what the FPA would expect from a qualified PA working in a clinical setting.

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Calling all physician associates to help shape research on the PA profession

The Faculty of Physician Associates (FPA) is pleased to be able to offer our members an exciting opportunity. The Physician Associate (PA) Programme at Bart’s and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry are hosting a conference on Friday 13th July on developing a plan to advance existing research about PAs in the United Kingdom - and we need PAs to get involved.

We need at least 10 UK PAs to represent the FPA at this meeting. This will be an opportunity for to you voice your opinion about what research would be useful for advancing the profession, and to speak up based on your personal experiences as a practicing PA in the UK. 

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GMC calls for regulation of Medical Associate Professionals (MAPs)

Medical associate professionals (MAPs) could grow to dramatically strengthen health services if regulated, the General Medical Council (GMC) has said.

In response to the Department of Health (DH) consultation on the regulation of MAPs, the GMC has said that introducing statutory regulation would allow the four roles, including physician associates, to reach their full potential and ensure patient safety. The GMC also adds that it would be well placed to accept regulatory responsibility fior MAPs providing the Government agrees to three conditions they have laid out.

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FPA census report 2017

We are pleased to be able to publish the FPA census 2017, towards the end of what has been an eventful and exciting year for the physician associate (PA) profession. We have seen amazing growth in PA student numbers, an increase in the number of PA programmes that are available in the UK and continued awareness of the role across other healthcare professions and the public. 

Please read the FPA census report 2017 to find out more about student and qualified PAs, the specialties they work in, and the range of tasks they perform. 

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The Department of Health consultation on the regulation of Medical Associate Professionals (MAPs)

The Department of Health (DH) has published its long-awaited consultation on the regulation of physician associates (PAs) as part of the Medical Associate Professionals (MAPS). The consultation, announced by the Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt, outlines the Government’s recommendations regarding the regulation of four professional groups including physician associates. 

Find out more about the Faculty of Physician Associates (FPA) view, the consultation on regulation itself, and how you can input into the process. 

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Response on physician associate regulation

The presidents of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and the Faculty of Physician Associates (FPA), have responded to the opening of a consultation on the regulation of physician associates.

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The FPA launches 'An employer's guide to physician associates'

The Faculty of Physician Associates (FPA) at the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has published An employer’s guide to physician associates, a guide that enables healthcare providers (including acute hospital trusts, community trusts, and primary care organisations) to understand the role of the physician associate (PA), their scope of practice, and how to employ a PA.

It is a resource intended to advise employers on:

  • the current education and regulatory framework for the profession
  • employment and supervision
  • tools to help guide appraisal, career and salary progression
  • recommendations for continuing professional development (CPD).

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Enter the FPA Awards 2017

The Faculty of Physician Associates awards 2017 are now open for entry.

The annual FPA Awards celebrates the talents of physician associates, their supervisors, and those who have contributed to the development of the profession. 

The winners will be announced at this year's FPA Annual Conference, held at the RCP from Monday 18 to Tuesday 19 September 2017.

Applications close at 17.00 on Monday 14 August 2017.

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Call for abstracts - FPA Annual Conference 2017

We are inviting submissions of abstracts to be considered for poster presentation at the FPA Annual Conference.

The topic is advancing clinical practice and improving patient care.

The deadline to submit abstracts for consideration is 17.00 on Monday 14 August 2017.


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FPA president's bulletin - June

In the latest president's bulletin Jeannie Watkins, president of the Faculty of Physician Associates (FPA) discusses the media attention that physician associates have received of late.

'Negative press is always challenging, and can at times be disheartening. We would like to thank all of those who have responded on social media with positivity to counter some of the claims that we have seen recently. We are very proud of the excellent promotion and myth busting that all of you physician associates and physician associate students have been rallying together for on social media.

Thank you to all who have contributed to raising awareness of the physician associate role, and to those who have responded to trickier challenges on social media too. Keep up the good work!'


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RCP and FPA joint response to Pulse article on Health Education England's physician associate training support

President of the Royal College of Physicians, Professor Jane Dacre, and president of the Faculty of Physician Associates, Jeannie Watkins, have responded to reports about Health Education England's (HEE) reallocation of training support from GPs to Physician Associates. 


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FPA comment: Daily Mail article of 14 June 2017

Jeannie Watkins, president of the Faculty of Physician Associates, comments on the Daily Mail article of Wednesday 14 June referring to physician associates as 'doctors on the cheap'.


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The FPA census 2017 is now open

The FPA census 2017 is now open online, and will be until Monday 12 June 2017.

If you haven't received a link to the census, please get in touch  [email protected]

The FPA Census is an important tool to document the geographic and specialty spread of the profession, and the scope of practice of physician associates. The FPA will also use the data in advocating for statutory regulation of the profession. 

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Spring president's bulletin

Jeannie Watkins, president of the Faculty of Physician Associates (FPA) reflects on the positivity that physician associates received at the Royal College of Physicians’ annual conference, Medicine 2017, as well as regulation and updates on the profession.

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The FPA at Medicine 2017

At the Royal College of Physicians' (RCP's) annual conference ‘Medicine 2017’ on 16–17 March, the Faculty of Physician Associates (FPA), and physician associates as a whole, received a very warm reception from physician associates and physicians alike. Thank you to everyone who attended and joined our conversations.

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University of Bolton to establish new PA programme

Jeannie Watkins, president of the Faculty of Physician Associates, met with the University of Bolton to discuss the establishment of a new physician associate programme in September 2017.

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