Clare Austin

Clare Austin

The new Medical School at Edge Hill University will train Physician Associates from 2019. Health Education England have commissioned the Medical School to train 30 students per annum on a two-year postgraduate programme. Along with the MBChB degree training doctors, the Physician Associate programme will run at the University’s Ormskirk Campus.

Physician Associates are generalist healthcare professionals with medical training who work alongside doctors as part of a multidisciplinary team. Working under the supervision of doctors, Physician Associates carry out many similar tasks such as taking medical histories, examining patients, diagnosing illness and planning and managing treatment. The number of Physician Associates across the UK is increasing, with job roles in a variety of settings including GP surgeries, accident and emergency departments, and inpatient medical and surgical wards. The programme will be recruiting graduates in life sciences with some healthcare experience.

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Professor Clare Austin, Director of Medical Education said:

“Physician Associates are a vital part of the teams delivering medical care to our communities. Our trainees will benefit from the Medical School’s focus on interprofessional working and supportive learning environment. We look forward to working with another group of committed, aspiring professionals.”

The Edge Hill University Medical School will develop a new generation of doctors who understand the needs of local communities and can drive forward new models of care. The first intake of trainee doctors will be in 2020, with a Foundation Year starting in 2019.

Who are Physician Associates?information from the Royal College of Physicians

NHS Careers Video:  A Career as a Physician Associate

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