Physician Associate (GP-PA Development Pathway)
As Physician Associates (PA) are becoming more widely adopted and welcomed in Primary and Secondary Care settings across Wales and the UK, Hywel Dda University Health Board has recognised that PA's who wish to work in General Practice have a desire for enhanced experience and professional development. In response to this, the Health Board have developed the first 2-year General Practice Physician Associate (GP-PA) Development Pathway in the UK.
The GP-PA Pathway will equip PA's who undertake the exciting and fast paced 2-year programme with the experience, knowledge and training opportunities essential for a long, rewarding and fulfilling career in General Practice.
The Pathway will encompass secondary care placements in specialties including but not limited to; A&E, MAU, Mental Health, Paediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Out of Hours Services, as well as completing 4-month GP rotations through GP Practices throughout the 2-years. This will give valuable insights into many different aspects of medicine, key learning points and galvanising the GP-PA's clinical skills and knowledge, as well as setting the foundations for further professional growth (such as Special Interest development and Specialist Skill provision).
Your working week will never be the same as you rotate through each Speciality and GP Practice. The standard working split will be 3 days in General Practice and 2 days in a Secondary Care base. This will offer the best variety and experience through the Pathway and will allow you to improve your abilities and skills as a clinician.
Your 6-month secondary care rotation blocks will place you amongst enthusiastic colleagues who value the PA role and want to see its progression, centred around one of two hospital sites (dependant on primary location and GP Practice rotation). Over seen by both a Clinical Lead GP and a Supervising Consultant in Secondary Care settings, you will be given the opportunity to demonstrate your current skill and knowledge, whilst developing and expanding your clinical abilities in a safe and supportive environment.
The Pathway will equip the GP-PA with the added knowledge into GP Practice economics, further enhancing the understanding of how GP Practices function financially, and how they as clinicians can affect and enhance the Practices' service provision and ability to remain reactive and adaptable to National and Global changes.
There will be the opportunity for the GP-PA to gain experience in areas of medicine they may not have had available during their studies or post-graduate practice, such as community-based medicine and engagement, enhanced skills in GP or speciality practice, in addition to offering teaching opportunities to fellow clinicians and/or students.
There will also be the option for the GP-PA to engage in Quality Improvement Projects; a valuable addition to any clinicians CPD Portfolio and immensely beneficial to the patients and populations they serve.
The aim for this bespoke Pathway is to recognise the PA's value as a dependable and knowledgeable Clinician within the NHS, and to give the trailblazing GP-PA's the skills and opportunities to demonstrate their potential effectively and confidently, commitment to further education and ability to apply their developing experience and skills to their patients.
As the very first cohort of this Pathway, we want the most dedicated, resilient and enthusiastic PA's. You should demonstrate the highest standards of professionalism, commitment and aptitude to establish the GP-PA Development Pathway as a respectable framework for post-graduate PA education, furthering National Physician Associate acceptance and enhance your own career development.
I wish the best of luck to all applicants, and we look forward to meeting you.
The Health Board is committed to supporting its staff to fully embrace the need for bilingualism thereby enhancing patient and service user experiences. In our commitment to increase the number of staff who are able to communicate in Welsh with patients and professionals, we welcome applications from Welsh speakers.
The ability to communicate in Welsh is desirable for this post. If you do not meet the Welsh Language requirements specified, the Health Board offers a variety of learning options and staff support to help you meet these minimal desirable requirements during the course of your employment with us.
Interviews will be held on 12/10/2021.
For further details / informal visits contact:
PA Development Manager