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Physician associates may be given prescribing powers, says DH


Just to try and answer a few questions PA's work under the supervision of a qualified doctor but they have their own professional indemnity, the fee for one of the PAs in my pratice is >£2000 and we pay it. They earn from £20,000 to £40,000 dependant upon experience. They are trained on a medical model, have a broad breadth of experience (but maybe not the depth of a doctor), they are trained in decision making, they are not protocol driven (unless that is what you require of them) HEE and DH have decided they are going to be an integral part of general practice. They are coming whether you like it or not. This is a new (for the UK) type of healthcare professional and general practice has the opportunity to help mould this role into something that complements our needs. We are being battered from every direction (money, workload, workforce crisis etc) but PAs could be the silver lining to that big black cloud we are forced to be in - just a thought!

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22 Sep 2015

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