Physician Associates

Physician Associates (PAs) are an emerging role in Primary Care across the Wessex region and are clinical graduates who work to complement GPs and the practice team.  They are trained in the medical model to consult, examine, understand the patient’s problems and plan care. They are dependent practitioners  who remain under the supervision of a named GP to add extra capacity and flexibility. 

PAs must pass an intensive two-year post graduate university course to acquire clinical knowledge and skills after completing a three-year biomedical or healthcare related degree. They train in both the acute sector and primary care to gain a rounded patient-centred clinical experience.

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Physician Associates roles in other settings

Please visit the Physician Associates page for information on Physician Associates roles in other settings.

Further learning and development opportunities

To find out about further learning and development opportunities available to Physician Associates, please visit the Learning and Development page.

Wellbeing and support

To find out about wellbeing and support provided within Wessex, please visit the Wellbeing and Support page.