Peer support

The North West Physician Associate Forum is an alliance to support, empower and progress Physician Associates across the North West of England.

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Coaching and mentoring

The North West Physician Associate Forum offers free coaching and mentoring support to Physician Associates training and working in the North West. The mentors and coaches have been developed through the On Becoming programme, a programme that is accredited by the European Mentoring, Coaching Council (EMCC) for this purpose.

Coaching will be available over a period of 6 meetings, agreed with your coach, to help you address any difficulties you may be facing. Our Coaches adhere to the ethical standards of the EMCC. Coaching you also helps to develop our coaches in the skills and attributes of coaching through our feedback and supervision processes.

Mentoring is a longer term relationship that is proven to advance you in both career and your life goals. Mentoring is ideal for student PAs as well as newly graduated and employed PAs in their first few years of work.

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On Becoming

The North West Physician Associate Forum provides the On Becoming self-development programme that will equip Physician Associates for the daily interpersonal relationships at the core of their work.

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Health Education England provide a programme of nationwide support for GP practices and Supervisors of newly qualified and new to GP Physician Associates.

This new programme is aimed at any resource limited practices or health centres that can help to better understand the new role of Physician Associates and make the recruitment and first year preceptorship easy and manageable for busy GPs.

The programme will be provided at no cost to practices for up to a year. Primary care, PA and training hub leads as well as PA ambassadors may be contacted to avoid duplication of effort. Help will be delivered by a team of PA experienced GPs, GP experienced PAs, a primary care lawyer, service design specialists and healthcare recruitment and workforce specialists.

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