Physician Associates are one of the new Additional Roles the NHS is implementing - across Rushcliffe they support practices by taking on ward rounds, patient reviews and more.
Physician associates are clinical graduates trained in the medical model, having attended five years of university study learning clinical knowledge and skills.
They work alongside doctors and other healthcare professionals in practices, supporting and taking on roles themselves.
They run their own clinics in which they:
Treat and manage patient health
Interpret chest X-rays and scans
Perform ward rounds
Cary out examinations
The main difference between a physicians associate and a doctor is they are not yet able to prescribe medication.
Physicians associates supplement doctors, but do not take their role.