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.
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
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 membership to the Faculty of Physician Associates is just £1 per month (payable by monthly Direct Debit).
Shana Rahman, Faculty of Physician Associates Coordinator Faculty of Physician Associates
Royal College of Physicians
11 St Andrews Place
Tel: +44 (0) 203 075 1743