Physician Associate (Degree) apprenticeship standard consultation – now open

18 April, 2024

The Physician Associate Trailblazer Group are pleased to announce that they have opened a consultation on the draft apprenticeship standard for the Level 7 Physician Associate (PA) (Degree).

It is expected that the General Medical Council (GMC) will open the register for Physician Associates and commence statutory regulation in December 2024. In preparation for this the current apprenticeship standard for Physician Associate needs to be revised to ensure it aligns with the Physician associate and anaesthesia associate generic and shared learning outcomes published by the GMC in September 2022. Please note the apprenticeship standard is for Physician Associate only.

The broad purpose of the occupation is to work alongside doctors providing medical care as an integral part of the multidisciplinary team. PAs work under the supervision of a named senior doctor (General Medical Council registered consultant or general practitioner).

To give maximum opportunity for everyone to contribute, the consultation is available as an online survey. This consultation opened on Thursday, 18th April 2024 and will close at 12pm Thursday, 30th May 2024.

Your feedback will be reviewed following the closing date and the Trailblazer will consider where amendments should be made to the draft standards. The Standards will then be submitted to the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) to seek approval.