Physician Associate

Physician associates support doctors in the diagnosis and management of patients.

The day-to-day tasks Physician associate are likely to include taking medical histories from patients, performing physical examinations and diagnosing illnesses. They wil also include performing diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, analysing test results and providing health promotion and disease prevention advice for patients.

Watch the animation which explains the role of a Physician associate within the primary care team.

Becoming a Physician Associate

Physician associate training usually lasts two years, with students studying for 46-48 weeks each year. Although it involves many aspects of an undergraduate or postgraduate medical degree, the training focuses principally on general adult medicine in hospital and general practice, rather than specialty care. Read more »

Peer support

The North West Physician Associate Forum offers free coaching and mentoring support to Physician Associates training and working in the North West. Health Education England also provide a programme of nationwide support for GP practices and Supervisors of newly qualified and new to GP Physician Associates. Read more »