The Curriculum Competence Framework for the Physician Assistant 2012 defines a PA as, "a new healthcare professional who, while not a doctor, works to the medical model, with the attitudes, skills and knowledge base to deliver holistic care and treatment".
This PGDip in Physician Associate Studies has been developed in association with Health Education North East (HENE). Its aim is to develop an additional health care practitioner role, which will work closely with doctors in providing patient care.
The two-year course is designed for graduates of a bioscience discipline.
Delivery of the programme draws on Newcastle University’s considerable excellence in medical training, which is indicated by our consistently high National Student Survey scores. This enables our graduates to top the performance tables in postgraduate exams.
In addition to basic clinical theory, it enables trainees to spend a substantial amount of time in clinical placements within North East hospitals and primary care settings.
Health Education England will support students enrolled onto the PgDip in Physician Associate Studies course with an education bursary to pay tuition fees of £9,000 and a contribution to travel costs for each year of study.
The programme prepares its graduates to take the National Physician Associate entrance examination, successful completion of which allows graduates to work as Physician Associates within the NHS.