Physician assistants

May 13, 2008

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POST GRADUATE COURSES – PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT STUDIES

AIM

“To produce a new cadre of healthcare professionals to meet the needs of the NHS.

Physician Assistants will be an entirely new healthcare role in the UK, working alongside doctors in hospitals and in GP surgeries, although they are a well established profession in the United States. Physician Assistants will support doctors in the diagnosis and management of patients. They will be trained to perform a number of roles including: taking medical histories, performing examinations, diagnosing illnesses, and analysing test results under the direct supervision of a doctor. The programme is fully compliant with the national Competence and Curriculum Framework published by the Department of Health.”

BENEFITS FROM DOING THIS COURSE

“Be the one of the first people to qualify in the UK in this new and exciting career.
-Earn a starting salary of £22,500 – £32,000 at current levels
-Follow a career path that has already had proven success in the US. There are over 50,000 Physician Assistants practising in the US.
-Pursue a profession that is supported by the NHS and the Department of Health.”

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NATIONAL PRACTITIONER PROGRAMME – THE COMPETENCE AND CURRICULUM FRAMEWORK FOR THE PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT

“The purpose of this document is to share analysis of the Medical Care Practitioner (MCP) Competence and Curriculum Framework public consultation document and to integrate the responses to the questions asked within that document in the form of a revised narrative and explicit recommendations.

The MCP Competence and Curriculum Framework consultation document and this final document were developed between September 2004 and August 2006 in partnership with the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP). Further support has been provided by Skills for Health, those higher education institutions (HEIs) expressing an interest in providing an educational programme for the role and clinical colleagues drawn from a range of backgrounds, including the armed services.

The role of the Physician Assistant seeks to build capacity in the NHS workforce, by drawing in a new cadre of recruits from sources such as life-science graduates.”

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