The Physician Associate Managed Voluntary Register (PAMVR) is held exclusively by the Faculty of Physician Associates (FPA), and only Physician Associates (PAs) who are fully qualified and approved will be on this register.

In the interest of patient safety, the FPA strongly encourages all employers (NHS trusts, GP, PA agencies, and private healthcare providers) of PAs to check the PAMVR status of the PA at regular intervals during the year. The PAMVR should also be checked at the point of contractual agreement to ensure they are in good standing. Download our letter to employers to understand the importance of this further. 

The PAMVR was established in 2010 to provide public protection and safety, set standards for post-graduate education and development, and advance towards statutory regulation.

The FPA reviews applications to join the PAMVR, and establishes whether the physician associate applying is fit to practice in the UK. If a physician associate is listed on the PAMVR, then employers, members of the public, supervisors and other healthcare professionals can be safe in the knowledge that they are a fully qualified and approved physician associate. 

The PAMVR will be updated fortnightly on a Friday by 5pm* To search the PAMVR click here

If you can't find an FPA member listed on the searchable PAMVR, please contact [email protected]

*Please note the MVR was last updated on 23.02.2024.

Joining the PAMVR

To be registered on the PAMVR, you must apply for FPA physician associate membership and meet all of the eligibility criteria. Please see the membership page for details on how to join. 

The PAMVR does not currently have force of law, so is 'voluntary' as its name suggests. However, the FPA strongly encourages all qualified physician associates to join the register, and all trusts and practices to ensure that the physician associates they employ are registered.

While work towards statutory regulation is underway, the overall decision regarding the eventual registering body for physician associates will be made by the government. All UK-based physician associates are therefore strongly encouraged to join the PAMVR as it will form the initial list of physician associates to enter a statutory register when established.

As soon as a statutory register is in place, those on the managed voluntary register are expected to be transferred onto the statutory register, the title physician associate will become protected, and only those on the statutory register will legally be allowed to practice as a physician associate in the UK.

The Faculty of Physician Associates' code of conduct

The Faculty of Physician Associates (FPA) Code of Conduct is intended to provide a clear set of expectations as to how FPA members listed on the Managed Voluntary Register (MVR) conduct themselves when working for or representing the PA profession. We encourage all members of the FPA to become familiar with the code of conduct to ensure they are aware of what is expected of them within the profession and as a member of the FPA. 

Physician associate regulation 

To understand the road to regualtion, visit our regualtion information page

At the present time, the Medical Act (1983) is the law that provides the General Medical Council (GMC) to hold a register of medical practitioners, the legal name for medical doctors. At the present time, the GMC is only able to regulate doctors. In 2019 the government committed to introducing regulation for PAs, and since then the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) has been drafting legislation to enable the GMC to introduce statutory regulation of PAs and AAs.

In July 2022, the DHSC set out a new timetable for regulating PAs and AAs. The first step in that timetable for the introduction of this legislation is a public consultation, where members of the public can comment on draft legislation. The consultation is open for 3-months to allow sufficient time to review, analyse and respond. The government committed to opening the public consultation on AA/PA regulation in the Autumn of 2022.

Following the closure of the public consultation, the DHSC will review responses and make any necessary changes as indicated. The DHSC will then lay the AA/PA regulation legislation before the government, to pass into law. This is expected to take place in the summer of 2023. Once the law has been changed, the GMC is able to introduce regulation for PAs.

The GMC will then need to review the legislation as approved by the government and consult within the GMC about changes in the way in which the GMC operate given new laws. They will also establish how the PA register will appear, amongst other things. This is expected to need around 12 months to introduce the necessary changes within the GMC. As such, it is expected that the GMC will be able to open a register for regulating PAs towards the end of 2024.

The legislation is subject to parliamentary time. At a time of political instability, with many recent changes, the work of government and the DHSC continues to be guided by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, as well as other political and national issues. The FPA and RCP continue to work with the GMC, DHSC and other stakeholders to make the case that there should be no further delays in introducing PA regulation. 

The below timeline illustrates the journey ahead. 

Regulation timeline to illustrate the journey ahead

 

Raising concerns about a member of the FPA 

The Royal College of Physicians Council approves a procedure whereby concerns raised about the conduct of FPA members are assessed against the FPA Code of Conduct.

The FPA aims to provide a clear, fair and transparent process in which complaints regarding the conduct of members listed on the MVR are assessed against the FPA Code of Conduct. The first point of contact for matters of concern raised about an FPA member should be sent to [email protected]. When contacting us please download and complete one of the below compliant forms and return this to us. 

If you’re a member of the FPA and wish to appeal a decision made by the conduct panel, please download and complete the appeal request form. Once completed, please email this to [email protected]