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Physician Associates in primary care

With the government’s aim to recruit 1000 physician associates (PAs) into General Practice, Health Education England is launching #AssociateYourself campaign to raise awareness of the opportunities available to physician associates in primary care

Working as a physician associate in general practice, you will see patients much like the GP – from birth to end of life. You will work under the supervision of a GP alongside other professionals such as Advanced Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Pharmacists, Emergency Care Practitioners and the wider support staff team.

Your work will involve diagnosing illnesses, treating patients, managing patient lists, creating health plans and making onward referrals.

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Pauline Weir, PA in Thurrock, says: “If you are curious and interested in people, and like to spend time with them, then GP practice is for you.”

“I get a lot of energy from patients and the flexibility is much more than in the hospital.”

You can listen to Pauline’s experience of working in general practice on our physician associate career pages. You can also find more information on Health Careers website and the NHS England website.

If you are thinking about employing a PA, you will find information, including the PA voluntary register, FAQs, downloadable guidance, checklists and templates on the Faculty of Physician Associates (FPA) website.

If you would like to find out about work opportunities for PAs in Essex Primary Care, keep an eye out on our vacancy pages, register with our talent pool or simply submit an enquiry via the form below.

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