Faculty of Physician Associates virtual conference 2021

The FPA national annual conference is returning virtually for 2021. The two-day online event will be held on 25 November 2021–26 November 2021

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This FPA annual virtual conference will provide you with the opportunity to:

  • navigate and understand issues relating to the physician associate profession and the NHS today
  • increase and refresh your clinical knowledge
  • hear from compelling online speakers on a wide range of specialty areas
  • learn more about best practice across primary and secondary care
  • gain practical skills and knowledge that you can apply within your own role
  • take advantage of exclusive learning opportunities to enhance your communication and interpersonal skills
  • update and consolidate your learning as part of your personal and professional development and in preparation for upcoming exams or recertification

In addition, if you are unable to attend any of the sessions on the day, on-demand access to the event will be available to watch for 60 days after the conference, giving you even more time to maximise your learning.

The FPA awards will return this year, as will the FPA poster competition welcoming abstract presentations, so don’t miss your opportunity to get involved and join our online conference community.

Confirmed sessions – view the conference programme by clicking the 'programme' tab above 

  • the case for PA prescribing
  • showcasing PAs in research
  • a GMC Regulation update
  • race inclusion and the Workforce Race Equality Standard
  • bloody bowels – an introduction to inflammatory bowel disease
  • interventional radiology and the role of the PA
  • working with long term illness, including medically unexplained symptoms
  • a guide to orthopaedic x-rays
  • cancer care in primary care
  • acute medical problems in pregnancy
  • acute kidney injuries
  • professionalism in practice
  • and plenty more…


Physician associate member – £125

Non-members – £250

CPD will be awarded  21 hours

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Thursday 25 November 2021

Time Stream 1 Stream 2 Stream 3


FPA president, Kate Straughton

Dr Jamie Thoroughgood – specialist registrar in rheumatology, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
Acute Stroke
Rosie Wright – PA working in stroke, King's College Hospital
Hair and Nail Disease
Dr Sonia Sharma – dermatology specialty trainee, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


An update on PA regulation
Clare Barton – assistant director,
General Medical Council

1. New Psychoactive Substances
Dr Derek Tracy – consultant psychiatrist and clinical director, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, London

2. Working with long term illness including
medically unexplained symptoms

Dr Chris Williams – professor of psychosocial psychiatry, University of Glasgow

Showcasing PAs and Research
Silothabo Dilso – PA in clinical research, Alder Hey Children's Hospital

Demystifying academic writing for PAs
Kate Bascombe – PA in general practice/deputy course director MPAS at SGUL, Member of editorial board of Future Healthcare Journal 

Laura Chenevert, physician associate, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, USA




1. The Future of the Workforce Race Equality Standard
Professor Anton Emmanuel – consultant neurogastroenterologist, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

2. Diversity, equality and inclusivity for PAs
Debbie Jegede – RCP Diversity and Inclusion Group PA representative, PA in emergency medicine, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

1. Eating Disorders
Dr Tahir Akbar – consultant gastroenterologist, Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

2. Bloody bowels – an introduction into
inflammatory bowel disease

Tom Addison – PA in gastroenterology, Swansea Bay
University Health Board

Cancer care in primary care: screening, pre-habilitation and safety netting
Dr Pawan Randev – GP partner, Measham Medical Unit 



1. Long COVID – a growing public health and clinical challenge
Dr Shamil Haroon – clinical lecturer in primary care, University of Birmingham
Dr Navjeet Mangat – GP partner, NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group

2. COVID-19 and the recovery trial
Dr Tanveer Khalid, respiratory consultant, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

1. Breast Surgery – a PAs experience
Thalia Picton Scott – PA, St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

2.  Colorectal Cancer – Mr Wal Baraza - consultant general and colorectal surgeon, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

1. Paediatric dermatology
Dr Anja Weidmann – Consultant Dermatologist, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

2. Common Neonatal concerns
Hannah Tapping-Upton – PA, St Mary's Hospital Manchester University Foundation Trust
Eleanor Adams – PA, St Mary's Hospital Manchester University Foundation Trust




1. LBGTQI Medicine
Dr Duncan Shrewsbury – Brighton and Sussex Medical School

2. Transgender Health
Ben Goude – PA 

1. SASH - Pulmonary Hypertension
Dan Woosey – PA in respiratory medicine and lead PA, Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

2. Lung transplant medicine
Speaker TBC

1. Acute Medical Problems in Pregnancy
Dr Anita Bannerjee – obstetric physician in diabetes and endocrinology and GIM consultant, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust 

2. Forensic Gynaecology
Dr Laura Rickett – GP and Birmingham Medical School lecturer


DAY 1 Closing remarks
FPA vice president, Michelle Chapman 



Friday 26 November 2021 

Time Stream 1 Stream 2 Stream 3

RCP president, Professor Andrew Goddard

9.40am Medicines Management 
V-Lin Cheong – deputy head of medicines management, NHS Doncaster CCG
How to think about x-rays
Patrick Thies – PA, Royal Orthopeadic Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust




Part One: An introduction to Health Inequalities and why they matter to people who care about people.

Part Two: What we can do about Health Inequalities: practical approaches to addressing causes and consequences of health inequity we can all apply.

Part Three: Q&A session for discussion about health equity and the struggle for social justice.

Dr James Matheson – chair, Royal College GP Health Inequalities Standing Group
Dr Richard Ayres – Royal College GP Health Inequalities Standing Group

Interventional radiology and the PA role
Lottie Lewis – PA, St George's NHS Foundation Trust

IR Trauma cases 
Dr Mike Gonsalves – interventional radiologist, St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

*Interactive workshop – portfolios and other opportunities – what do FPA members want?
Alexandra Chase – FPA Board Member

*Pre-registration required – please see below




1. Diabetes in primary care
Pauline Weir – GP PA, Thurrock Health Centre

2. New paradigms in the management of Type two Diabetes: a shift to cardio-renal protection, weight loss, and hypoglycaemic avoidance.
Dr Michael Mulcahy – consultant physician endocrinology and metabolism, Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust 

1. Adverse Childhood Experience post covid
Sophie Helyer – specialist nurse safeguarding Children, Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust
Harriet Lewis – PA in emergency medicine, Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust

2. Respect for PAs
Dr Sinead Henderson – consultant geriatrician, Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

*Interactive workshop: exploring the pressures of being a PA and how the FPA can help
Kate Straughton – FPA president
Jenna Donaldson – FPA communications officer

*Pre-registration required – please see below




1. Professionalism for PAs
David Round – MAPs standards policy officer, standards and ethics, General Medical Council
Howard Lewis – regional liaison advisor for South East England – General Medical Council

2. PA and the case for prescribing
Neil Howie – PA, senior lecturer, University of Worcester

1. Identification, assessment, and treatment of facial traumas
Steve Sager –  PA, lecturer, Ulster University Physician Associate programme

2. Exploring burns
Heather Gray – PA, NHS Grampian



4.10pm Management of Acute Coronary Syndrome
Dr Adesh Ramsewak – consultant cardiologist, Western Health and Social Care Trust, Northern Ireland
Acute Kidney Injury
Dr Bassam Alchi – consultant nephrologist, Royal Berkshire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

FPA Awards and FPA poster competition 
Closing remarks
FPA president, Kate Straughton / FPA vice president, Michelle Chapman



*Pre-registration now open! To book, visit the FPA conference website and login. From here, you can view the programme and book your place. For assistance, contact [email protected]

FPA Virtual Conference poster compeition 

The 2021 competition is now closed. See the results here

FPA Virtual Conference awards

The 2021 FPA awards are now closed. See the winners here


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