Faculty of Physician Associates

The RCP has launched the Faculty of Physician Associates (FPA), a professional membership body for the physician associate profession. The FPA replaces the previous membership body for physician associates, the UK Association for Physician Associates (UKAPA).

The Department of Health's Competence and Curriculum Framework for the physician associates defines the physician associate as:

…a new healthcare professional who, while not a doctor, works to the medical model, with the attitudes, skills and knowledge base to deliver holistic care and treatment within the general medical and/or general practice team under defined levels of supervision.

As of January 2015 the universities of Aberdeen, Birmingham, Plymouth, St Georges, Worcester and Wolverhampton are running active physician associate courses, and the number of courses is set to increase to around 30 in September 2016.

Membership

If you are a current physician associate member, you can log in and gain access to your benefits via the MyRCP members’ area. Just click the 'forgotten the password' link and enter your email address. A password reset option will then be sent to you via email, so you can change the default passwork to something more memorable.  

New members can join by emailing: FPA@rcplondon.ac.uk 

Physician associate membership benefits include:

  • inclusion on the managed voluntary register
  • free access to the CPD diary (register by contacting the faculty)
  • subscriptions to RCP publications, such as Clinical Medicine and Commentary
  • discounts to a range of RCP conferences, workshops and events
  • access to RCP Library resources, and an Athens account
  • regular communications through the president's bulletin and faculty member emails
  • use of the RCP building for individual study.

Annual membership of the Faculty of Physician Associates is £200 (payable by Direct Debit annually or quarterly, or by debit or credit card). Physician associate membership is renewed annually on 1 November

Student physician associate membership benefits include:

  • discounts on RCP conferences, workshops and events
  • online career development content
  • student educational event sponsorship
  • regular communications through the president's bulletin and faculty member emails
  • use of the RCP building for individual study.

Student membership to the Faculty of Physician Associates is just £1 per month (payable by monthly Direct Debit).

How to contact us:

Shana Rahman, Faculty of Physician Associates Coordinator Faculty of Physician Associates
Royal College of Physicians
Membership Department
11 St Andrews Place
Regents Park
London
NW1 4LE
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0) 203 075 1743

Email: FPA@rcplondon.ac.uk