Advanced Clinical Practice - Physician Associates
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Physician Associates in General Practice – Royal Manor Health Centre Portland Dorset
Physician Associates working in general practice
As the number of people requiring access to GP services increases, the pressure on staff and resources can be significant, especially in areas where recruitment is difficult.
In 2018 a booklet Physician Associates, a working solution in primary care was sent to every practice in England. It gives a short overview of how these clinical graduates complement the work of GPs and are able to add extra flexibility and capacity to practice teams. This year, the General Medical Council (GMC) was announced as the regulator for the profession. It is anticipated this process should be completed by the end of 2021.
GPs expressed a need for access to information with downloadable templates and answers to FAQs - particularly as this role is relatively new. These are ready for use and available on the dedicated general practice employers section on the Faculty of Physician Associates website www.fparcp.co.uk/employers/pas-in-general-practice Please forward this notice through your local primary care networks to GP practices, CCGs, LWABs, PCNs and STPs.
Faculty of Physician Associates
The Faculty of Physician Associates (FPA) at the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) provides professional support to physician associates across the UK. Members of the faculty are part of a professional membership body campaigning for progress and change in the profession, advising government, and taking part in national debates on medical, clinical and public health issues.
The FPA reviews and sets standards for:
- the education and training of physician associates
- accreditation of university programmes and
- physician associate national certification and recertification examinations
The FPA provides support to both qualified and student physician associates in their education, training and professional development, giving members access to a benefits package that includes a CPD diary, publications, library resources, and discounts on professional development courses and events.
The FPA oversees and administers the running of the Physician Associate Managed Voluntary Register (PAMVR) and is campaigning to achieve statutory registration of the profession.
Physician Associates added to the New to Partnership Payment Scheme
FROM 1ST MARCH 2021
Physician Associates are included in the list of health care professionals eligible to apply to the New to Partnership Payment scheme. The scheme offers up to £3,000 as a training fund to support healthcare professionals to make the transition into a partnership role, coupled with a financial payment of up to £20,000.
Applying to the scheme is now undertaken via an online portal, which also allows you to upload the supporting documents required as part of your application. More information and the full list of eligibility criteria is available on the FutureNHS GP Career Support Hub
CQC - Mythbusters
The CQC Mythbusters provide some useful information on a large range of subjects and used Prof Nigel Sparrow OBE is CQC's Senior National GP Advisor clears up some common myths about our inspections of GP and out-of-hours services and shares agreed guidance to best practice.
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Useful Links and Publications
NMC - Useful information for prescribers . Answering your questions on prescribing standards and qualifications
Specialist Pharmacy Service - Nursing Associates, Physician Associates and the use of Patient Group Directions
Surrey Training Hub - Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme (ARRS)