A pioneering new role which supports doctors in the diagnosis and management of patients has been adopted on a wider scale at the George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust. The Trust was one of the first in the country to employ ‘Physicians Associates’, and now employs 10 physician associates across medical specialities. The Trust is expanding this role and currently has 8 PAs in training on placement with them in acute medicine and paediatrics..
Gordon Wood, Medical Director at the Trust explains why this is such an important role:
“The Physicians Associates are trained to perform a number of roles including taking medical histories, performing examinations, diagnosing illnesses, analysing test results and developing management plans for the care of patients. Their role is becoming essential within the Hospital as they support our trained Doctors, with the everyday care our patients need, therefore freeing up time for Doctors to provide more specialist care.”
The Physicians Associates training takes place over two years, as applicants have a first degree in a science related subject and includes practical and theoretical training, on site at the Hospital and local general practices and within a University setting.
Watch our YouTube video to find out more about A Day in the Life of a Physician Associate https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnMyYRJrdCE