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Only 11 physician associates are working in GP practices

There were only 11 full-time-equivalent physician associates working in English GP practices in September 2015, official data have shown.

Data published today by the Health and Social Care Information Centre further show there were only 168 FTE pharmacists and 19 physiotherapists working across practices.

Pulse reported in January that only only six physician associates were recruited to the UK from the US despite generous £50,000 salary offers.

It comes as the Government is focusing heavily on a strategy to reduce workload by growing the number of clinical support staff in general practice.

Last week, NHS England published a plan to train 1,000 more physician associates to work in GP practices by 2020.

The General Practice Forward View also promises that every practice in England will get access to a clinical pharmacist.

In all, the Government has said there will be 5,000 more clinical support staff working in practices by the end of this Parliament but today’s data release showed there was an estimated 1.9% drop in direct clinical care staff in GP practices in England between 2014 and 2015.

The workforce figures also showed that the number of FTE GPs dropped by an estimated 2% last year, in a blow to the Government’s aim to have 5,000 more GPs by 2020.


Readers' comments (6)

  • Dear All,
    Are we surprised? WHo on earth would want to go on working in Mr Hunt's NHS?

    Oh yes of course he's shipping in the Martians.
    Paul C

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  • Never been a better time to be a GP.

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  • Once again we have to question the evidence behind the model we are all being hurried towards.

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  • This is likely to be highly inaccurate, there are more than 11 PAs working in General Practice according to the UKAPA Census last summer(still not huge numbers, but higher than 11).

    It is also a bit of a pointless statement, seeing as the number of PAs qualified in this country and working across all specialities is still only in the region of 230. This is going to change with the current rise of training programmes (likely to be around 30 by the end of next year).

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  • Not Martians. A lot nearer. Apollo, but not the moon, either.

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  • Indian Appollo to Mars 10% of US cost = indian doctors vs american Pas ?

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