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.