Faculty of Physician Associates

The Faculty of Physician Associates (FPA) at the RCP provides professional support to physician associates across the UK. Members of the faculty are part of a professional membership body campaigning for progress and change in the profession, advising government, and taking part in national debates on medical, clinical and public health issues.

The FPA reviews and sets standards for:

  • the education and training of physician associates
  • accreditation of university programmes and
  • physician associate national certification and recertification examinations

The FPA provides support to both qualified and student physician associates in their education, training and professional development, giving members access to a benefits package that includes a CPD diary, publications, library resources, and discounts on professional development courses and events.

The FPA oversees and administers the running of the Physician Associate Managed Voluntary Register (PAMVR) and is campaigning to achieve statutory registration of the profession.

Who are physician associates?

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

Physician associates increase the numbers of the medical workforce and increase access to quality care for patients. They act in an enabling role, helping to reduce the healthcare team’s workload, and bring new talent to the NHS, adding to the skill mix within the teams.

Become a member of the FPA

For £200 per year, the FPA will support your continuing education and professional development throughout your career. Members benefit from a number of services specifically tailored to their needs as physician associates, including:

  • inclusion on the Physician Associate Managed Voluntary Register (PAMVR)
  • free access to the CPD diary
  • subscriptions to RCP publications, such as Clinical Medicine and Commentary
  • discounts on a range of RCP conferences, workshops and events
  • library services including access to ejournals, ebooks and databases, document delivery and free literature searches
  • regular communications through the FPA president’s bulletin and RCP member emails.

Student physician associate membership benefits include:

  • discounts on a range of RCP conferences, workshops and events
  • online career development content
  • access to the RCP's Commentary magazine and Clinical Medicine journal
  • regular communications through the FPA president’s bulletin and RCP member emails
  • library services including postal book loans, document delivery and use of RCP study spaces.

Current members

If you are a current physician associate member or a student 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 the email address that you originally registered with. A password reset option will then be sent to you via email, so you can change the default password to something more memorable.