Physician Associates

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 semi-autonomous practitioners working with a dedicated medical supervisor but are able to work autonomously with appropriate support. Physicians Associates have completed a science or health science degree and an additional two years post graduate at masters level and pass a national exam in order to qualify. 

What can Physician Associates help with?

Physician associates work within a defined scope of practice and limits of competence. They:

  • take medical histories from patients
  • carry out physical examinations
  • see patients with long-term chronic conditions
  • formulate differential diagnoses and management plans
  • perform diagnostic and therapeutic procedures
  • develop and deliver appropriate treatment and management plans
  • request and interpret diagnostic studies
  • provide health promotion and disease prevention advice for patients

Our Physician Associates

Alison McDonnell (f)

(BSc (Hons), PgDip, PA-R)

Alison has past experience working in neurology and palliative care as an occupational therapist.

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Contact Us

Churchtown Medical Centre
137 Cambridge Road
Churchtown
Southport
Merseyside
PR9 7LT
Tel: 01704 224416/224411