Compare roles in health

Not sure where to start with the hundreds of NHS careers? Use our compare roles section to get bite-size information on the entry requirements and training, pay and conditions, prospects and skills needed of up to three roles. If there is something that you think you could do, then get more in-depth information on the role.

Don't forget, you can also save your role comparisons by registering with us.  

  1. Physician associate

    Physician associates support doctors in the diagnosis and management of patients.

    You’ll usually need a bioscience-related first degree or be a registered healthcare professional such as a nurse, allied health professional or midwife to get onto one of the training programmes available. Training usually two years, including many aspects of an undergraduate or postgraduate medical degree. A four-year undergraduate Masters programme is offered by one university and a level 7 apprenticeship standard for physician associates has been approved for delivery. .
    Staff in the NHS will usually work a standard 37.5 hours per week. They may work a shift pattern. Most jobs in the NHS are covered by the Agenda for Change (AfC) pay scales which covers all staff except doctors, dentists and the most senior managers. Physician associates will usually start on AfC band 7. Many posts are internships which can be AfC band 6. Terms and conditions of service can vary for employers outside the NHS.
    As well as academic achievement, you’ll need to be able to demonstrate experience of working with the public, an interest in health or social care, the right values to work for the NHS and excellent communication skills.
    With further training and/or experience, you may be able to develop your career further and apply for vacancies in areas such as further specialisation, management, research, or teaching.
Make a comment or report a problem with this page

Help us improve