Physician Associates in Paediatrics event

Our day-long online event will bring together people interested in Physician Associates (PAs) – whether you now work as a PA or are keen to explore the profession, you work with PAs or are an employer seeing to recruit them. We're building our event programme, but it'll include a typical day for a PA, upcoming GMC regulation for the profession and looking at the international context.

Abstract submissions are closed, and we're now taking event registrations (now for morning sessions only). We look forward to seeing you there.

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A free event for people interested in the Physician Associates field. We have reached capacity for the day-long event, as limited numbers can join the afternoon workshops. Places are now available for the morning sessions only (09:30 - 13:00).

Physician Associates (PAs) are an integral part of a multidisciplinary team, working with dedicated doctors as part of the team and providing medical care. Given how stretched health services are and the immense pressures faced, PAs demonstrate their valuable contribution to the field by taking some of this load and providing patients, especially those with long term conditions, the continuity of care they need. Our Physicians Associates in Paediatrics page has resources such as video interviews and reports.

Following our successful ‘Paediatric workforce: Advanced Clinical Practitioners and Physician Associates’ learning and networking event in February 2020, and the focus day, 'Physician Associates in Paediatrics’ in October 2020, in which we introduced and discussed the current landscape of PAs in the UK and the future of the multidisciplinary child health workforce, we're pleased to host our third event dedicated to the PA profession this October.

Programme

Last October's online event was positively received and saw over 220 registrations – with a mix of PAs, student PAs, paediatric consultants, nurses and ACPs in attendance. Attendees’ insights on the day and their feedback was paramount to continue discussions and devise this year’s programme.

The full programme for the event can be found below:

Time

Title

Presenter

Morning session
9:30 - 9:45 Welcome and introduction - Physician Associates in paediatrics Dr Nicola Jay
(Officer for Workforce Planning and Health Services)
9:45 - 10:45 Policy and Practice reasons, we need Physician Associates in Paediatrics Dr Simon Clarke
(RCPCH Vice President for Policy)
Preparing for regulation Helen Arrowsmith
(Programme Manager; GMC)
PAs:  Around the world in 10 minutes Tamara Ritsema
(PhD, MPH, PA-C/R, Associate Professor, George Washington University School of Medicine; Senior Lecturer, St. George's, University of London)
10:45 - 11:00 Break
11:00–11:15 Physician Associates in Neonatology Dr Ngozi Edi-Osagie
(Group Associate Medical Director, Chair, Neonatal Critical Care CRG NHSE and Consultant Neonatologist)
11:15–11:30 The Alder Hey Paediatric Physician Associate Programme Dr Natalie Daniels
(Consultant Neurodevelopmental Paediatrician, Designated Doctor for Safeguarding, Sefton CCG Trust Physician Associate Programme Clinical Lead, Alder Hey)
11:30 - 11:40 Building of a Curriculum Carolyn Charlton
(RCPCH Curriculum Project Coordinator)
11:40 - 11:50 Physician Associates' affiliate membership and its benefits Patrick Cullen
(RCPCH Head of Membership)
11:50 - 11:55 Break
11:55 - 12:20 A day in the life of a Physician Associate

Manisha Patel
(PA in Community Paediatrics)

Giles Carey
(PA in Paediatric Surgery)

Ellie Clarke
(PA in Paediatric Endocrinology)

Nikita Patel 
(PA in Surgery)

Sana Waheed 
(PA in in Research - Immunology and Allergy)

12:20 - 13:00 Quality Improvement projects: Abstract presentations

Alisha Kotecha, Dina Bateman, Hannah Rowley
(PA, Leicester Children’s Hospital, Leicester Royal Infirmary)

Grace Rimmer  
(PA, Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust)

Phoebe Musuka and Kalvin Lee
(PAs, Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust)

Hannah Tapping-Upton and Eleanor Adams
(PAs, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust)

13:00 - 14:00     Lunch break
Afternoon session - Interactive afternoon workshops
14:00 - 14:45 WORKSHOP 1: The added value of Physician Associates to an organisation, and the support needed (Group A)
WORKSHOP 2: Development of leadership skills for Physician Associates
14:45 - 15:00 Break
15:00 - 15:45 WORKSHOP 1: The added value of Physician Associates to an organisation, and the support needed (Group B)
WORKSHOP 2: Development of leadership skills for Physician Associates (Group A)
15:45 - 16:00 Summary Dr Nicola Jay
(Officer for Workforce Planning and Health Services)

 

Update  We have reached capacity for the day-long event, as only limited numbers can join the afternoon workshops. Therefore, places are now available for the morning sessions only (09:30 - 13:00).