The role of the physician associate, formerly known as physician assistants, is a new and quickly growing group of postgraduate health professionals in the UK.
Although they are not doctors, they are trained in and work to the medical model in order to gain the professional attitudes, skills and knowledge to deliver holistic care and treatment within the general medical and/or general practice team under defined levels of supervision.
With the increasing challenges faced by the National Health Service, the physician associate role is key in supporting and augmenting the medical and wider healthcare workforce in number of acute and community care settings; ultimately their role improves patient access to health care and their overall patient experience.
As a direct result of the shortfall in the number of qualified doctors, the role of the physician associate is gaining momentum across the UK healthcare arena.
We will equip you with the knowledge and skills that will help develop you as a caring, knowledgeable and competent physician associate that can truly have a positive impact on the patient journey.
On this Postgraduate Diploma in Physician Associate, you will benefit from 90 weeks of academic study that integrates the theoretical and scientific foundation of medicine with clinical experience.
Each application is considered on an individual basis. Typical entry requirements include:2.1 or 1st class honours degree in a science, e.g. Biology, Biochemistry, Biomedical Science, Medical Science, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Paramedic studies, or equivalent qualification or health-related subject from a UK university or an equivalent overseas qualification.A-level Chemistry Grade C or equivalent; GCSE Maths and English Grade B or above.Proficiency in the English language, e.g. IELTS score of at least 7.0 in for all sections or equivalent.You will need to have experience of working with people, for example, in a health or social care context.
Recipient: Buckinghamshire New University
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