Physician associates (PAs) are a relatively new member of the clinical team, seen as complementary to GPs rather than a substitute. Following the announcement that the General Medical Council (GMC) will be the regulator for physician associates, you can keep up-to-date on the legislation process in the FPA news section. PAs will be able to prescribe and order radiology investigations once Parliament enacts legislation granting them independent or supplementary prescribing rights. The Physician Associate role is in no way a replacement for any other member of the general practice team. They work in conjunction with and are complementary to the existing team. GPs will continue to lead multi-disciplinary teams, adapting to the evolving primary care networks. (PCNs)

By employing a PA, it does not mitigate the need to address the shortage of GPs or reduce the need for other practice staff. They can help to broaden the capacity of the GP role and skill mix within the practice team to help address the needs of patients in response to the growing and ageing population.

There is a lot of general information in the employers section, that as a GP or practice manager you may find useful. You can also watch videos of physician associates talking about their work in general practice, or find our more information about PA programmes.

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There is a lot of general information in the employers section, that as a GP or practice manager you may find useful. You can also watch videos of physician associates talking about their work in general practice.

Your local Health Education England (HEE) area leads

Please get in touch if you need more national or local information, discuss ideas or help answer your questions.