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FPA responds to concerns raised about guidance wording

Jeannie Watkins, president of the Faculty of Physician Associates (FPA), responds to questions surrounding the wording of a section in An employer’s guide to physician associates relating to advanced nurse practitioners (ANPs):

On behalf of the Faculty of Physician Associates (FPA) I would like to offer my unreserved apologies for any offence caused by the wording of An employer’s guide to physician associates towards the advanced nurse practitioner (ANP) and advanced care practitioner (ACP) professions. 

We have removed this statement from the employer’s guide, and will be liaising with the Royal College of Nursing in order to review this section to adequately reflect the education, training and skill sets of these professions.   

With the publication of An employer’s guide to physician associates, our intention is to promote team working and collaboration. Multidisciplinary teams work best when those within them are working together, using their varied and valuable skills, knowledge and experience to deliver excellent patient care.

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About the FPA 

The Faculty of Physician Associates (FPA) provides professional support to physician associates across the UK. FPA members 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.

It also 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.