What is a physician associate?

Physician associates are medically trained, generalist healthcare professionals, who work alongside doctors and provide medical care as an integral part of the multidisciplinary team. Physician associates are practitioners working with a dedicated medical supervisor but can work autonomously with appropriate support.


Other PA pages on our site:

Qualified Physician Associates - information for qualified PAs

PA preceptorship offer - information for employers applying for the HEE PA preceptorship offer which is available for newly qualified PAs

Supervising PA preceptees - information for supervision requirements for supervising a PA preceptee

CPD opportunities and upcoming events for PAs - in this section you will see the latest events and CPD opportunities available for qualified PAs in our region. 


Please scroll down this page to find out more information on our PA ambassadors as well as for useful links and resources. 


Meet our PA ambassadors

We have recruited five physician associate (PA) ambassadors. Their roles are designed to address local service need and the national imperative to increase the primary care PA workforce. The aim is for the role to assist the recruitment, retention, and integration of PAs into multi-professional primary and secondary care teams. They will work across the north east and north Cumbria integrated care system and with the faculty of advanced practice and primary care training hub.

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Amy Grimmer, primary care, North Tyneside

·     Supporting PA preceptees and their supervisors

·     Evaluating and improving the preceptorship programme

·     Implementing PA study groups



Nicola Gilbey, secondary care, South Tyneside and Sunderland

·     Mapping the PA workforce

·     Establishing a PA community of practice

·     Increasing PA job opportunities and retention within NEN


Rebecca Fraser, secondary care, Lane End Surgery

·     Raising awareness and role promotion regionally

·     Supporting students and newly qualified PAs in clinical practice

·     Developing regional CPD opportunities and event


We would love to hear from you. If you have any exciting work to showcase, upcoming CPD opportunities or would like to share a case study please get in touch.


Useful links and resources:

Join the community of qualified PAs in our region through social media:

Twitter: NENC_PAs

Facebook: Physician associates – north east and north Cumbria


If you would like more information on anything you have seen on our website, please do not hesitate to get in touch via:

Email: advancedpractice.ne@hee.nhs.uk


Resources for all PAs:

PA ambassador newsletter - March 2023

PA ambassador newsletter - July 2022

GMC regulation page


Resources for PAs in primary care:

HEE primary care preceptee PA quick reference guide 2022

HEE PA primary care webinar recording – information for primary care employers interested in recruiting a PA