The Faculty of Physician Associates (FPA) is pleased to announce that it will be running its first physician associate (PA) leadership programme commencing 23 April 2019 in conjunction with the Royal College of Physicians (RCP).

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

This is a fantastic opportunity for aspiring leaders who are keen to hone the key tenets of leadership theory and develop as leaders for the PA profession in the longer term.

The programme will provide delegates with knowledge and skills that can be implemented immediately in their current PA role as well as supporting them to establish themselves as PA ambassadors for the future.

The programme

The PA leadership programme comprises five 1-day workshops, delivered by a team of experienced medical educationalists and doctors currently working in the NHS at the RCP. The programme will be run at RCP North in Liverpool.

Each workshop will start at 10am and finish at 4pm. Delegates will be expected to complete work between workshops.

The programme will focus on developing leadership skills for physician associates that will be applicable across a range of working contexts.

Listed below are the titles and delegate learning outcomes for each of the training days:

Day 1, 23 April 2019 – an introduction to the leadership programme:

  • identify personal objectives
  • recognise leadership aspirations and challenges for PAs
  • complete a tailored leadership self-assessment for PAs
  • introduce the role of action learning sets
  • undertake a Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
  • define the four MBTI preference pairs
  • describe best fit type
  • explain how others perceive type and how this affects working relationships
  • use exploration of personality and leadership to formulate an action plan for development needs.

Day 2, 24 June 2019 – the individual as leader:

  • define leadership
  • recognise the qualities of a good leader
  • distinguish between leadership and management
  • recognise why leadership in medicine is so important
  • identify different leadership styles
  • introduce the medical leadership competency framework
  • identify the rewards and challenges of leadership roles
  • recognise the impact of emotional intelligence on effective leadership
  • identify effective strategies for influencing and persuading
  • explain individual action learning activities.

Day 3, 23 September 2019 – organisational leadership:

  • recognise the structure of today’s NHS
  • explain how ‘your’ organisation works
  • the importance and role of organisational culture
  • explore the concept of change management
  • review action learning sets.

Day 4, 22 November 2019 – leadership and clinical teams:

  • explore different theories of team development and sustainability
  • identify your role in developing an effective team
  • describe methods of maintaining an effective clinical team, and noticing when they are not effective
  • identify different strategies for leadership
  • recognise a leadership style to use in your workplace
  • identify effective strategies for dealing with challenging conversations
  • review action learning sets.

Day 5, 23 January 2020 – personal welfare and resilience:

  • describe and explain the notion of personal resilience
  • identify the characteristics of resilient people
  • explore what helps and hinders your own personal resilience
  • practise strategies to help explore someone else’s personal resilience
  • develop strategies to promote awareness of personal resilience
  • review action learning sets.


Delegates that successfully complete the 5-day programme and submit a short (1,000-word) summative assignment for assessment will be eligible for leadership accreditation as approved by the RCP. The assignment will require the delegate to reflect on their leadership role against the medical leadership competency framework. The programme is approved for Type 1 External CPD and with each workshop day worth 5 CPD points.

Who should apply? 

Physician associates who:

  • have at least 1 year post-registration experience
  • are an FPA member
  • are able to demonstrate some leadership experience within a work setting.

How do I apply?

To apply, email the FPA on [email protected] by Thursday 31 January 2019 with the following:

  • a brief CV (maximum three pages)
  • 500-word personal statement explaining what you hope to gain from the programme
  • a brief summary of your leadership development experience to date (a maximum of one A4 page, bullet points encouraged)
  • confirmation from your supervisor that they agree to release you from clinical duties to attend all programme workshops.

Please note: a contribution toward travel and accommodation expenses for programme-related activities will be provided for successful applicants.

The deadline has now passed and we are no longer accepting applications for the 'Developing excellence in leadership: A programme for physician associates'

What happens next?

Applications will be reviewed and successful applicants will be informed via email by 14 February 2019. The programme commences on 23 April 2019.

If you would like to discuss any of this further and for more information, please contact Julie Douglas, FPA manager: [email protected].