Physician Associate – Internship / Preceptorship opportunities in Essex

9th October 2019

Primary Care in Essex are excited to offer a number of internships for newly qualified Physician Associates wishing to kick-start their career in general practice – with the first two placements based in the Thurrock area coming on-line shortly .

This unique 12-month development programme is open to PAs who are members of the voluntary register (PAMVR) and who are within their first year post-qualification.

The preceptorship programme will set out expected outcomes for the preceptor in the form of competence acquisition or a brief curriculum which will be locally derived based on the need of the intern as well as the local context, but will be based on established national guidance, e.g.UKFPA.

The programme will run for a period of 12 months and consist of:

  • 2.5 days per week (5 sessions): working in a GP Practice.
  • 2 days per week (4 sessions): working in one clinical placement for example: Acute Medicine, A&E, Care of the Elderly, outpatients – respiratory, diabetes, cardiology, and general surgery.
  • 0.5 day (1 session equivalent time per week): for education and training.

It is intended that this programme will provide you as a newly qualified PA with wide spectrum of competencies and the design of the programme will enable you to engage in multi-professional learning activities.

Your weekly timetable will include at least 1 dedicated session for education which will be delivered in a variety of methods – including group learning with other PA interns and bespoke online teaching modules created by an educationally approved primary care clinical supervisor who will be available to offer you support and guidance.

Mentoring will also be offered as part of the programme to give the opportunity for on-going two-way feedback.

The programme will offer a comprehensive induction period with an induction meeting taking place with your supervisor as well as a mid-point and an end of programme reviews. These will fit within your employer’s annual appraisal system and be supported by a record of your progress and learning.

If this programme sounds like something you may be interested in, please get in touch today to express your interest and we will work with you to develop a placement that is right for your needs!


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