Physician Associates in general practice - #AssociateYourself

As a physician associate, working in general practice will offer a wealth of opportunities for you to progress in your career.

Working in primary care involves working with GPs and the wider practice team to provide continuity of care for patients, particularly those with long-term conditions.

"I find it very rewarding when I've supported a patient with a mental illness and seen them come out the other side feeling hopeful and stronger than they were."

Read Andy's story of being a physician associate in general practice.

Working life

This role complements that of a GP. You’ll have an increasing role to play as part of the diverse multi-skilled practice team, including:

  • managing patient lists
  • providing health promotion and disease prevention advice for patients
  • performing physical examinations
  • diagnosing illnesses
  • seeing patients with long-term conditions
  • undertaking residential, nursing and home visits
  • taking medical histories from patients
  • analysing test results
  • making referrals and
  • developing management plans.

Employing physician associates

 “The impact of the Physician Associates has been remarkable, it’s changed the way the practice works and runs. It feels as though we are a more cohesive group of people delivering better care.”

Find out more about employing physician assocates on the Faculty of Physician Associates website.

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