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Overview

This is a two-year full-time course of at least 90 weeks, with substantive time in clinical placement. You will study the anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, microbiology, and pharmacology related to the human body in health and disease.

You will learn how to take a clinical history from a patient, request appropriate investigations, use clinical reasoning, and then formulate a safe and coherent management plan, including referral to specialities, if appropriate. You will study the principles of public health, the psychosocial aspects of health and aspects of common mental health presentations.

You will learn skills to ensure patient safety, how to communicate in multi-disciplinary teams, prevent clinical error, and learn about the process of clinical reasoning and how to reach a diagnosis and suggest the correct management of your patient.

You will also learn research methodologies, the process of evaluation, how to prepare a research proposal and undertaking a service improvement project.

What makes this course different

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Funding available

Health Education England, has provided a national funding strategy for all Physician Associates, where students receive a £5,000 grant towards tuition fees, split equally across the two years of the course (£2,500 per annum). You will not need to apply for this separately.

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Innovative clinical career

With a strong clinical emphasis from day one, the course is designed to produce safe and competent PAs, who put the patient at the centre of what they do, with an innovative module on learning clinical reasoning and extensive opportunity to learn good practice in clinical communication, that is closely linked to patient safety.

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January start

This course is available with a January start - providing a flexible alternative to a traditional September start.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

In year one you will study a wide range of clinical sciences, including anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, microbiology and pharmacology, with a focus on how these are linked to human health and disease. These sciences will then be closely linked to the associated clinical presentations of a range of acute and chronic common medical conditions and injuries, presenting in patients. The scientific basis of these conditions will be described and linked to the symptoms and signs of disease. You will study a range of conditions commonly seen both in the community and in hospital.

You will study the above topics for the following body systems:

  • Respiratory
  • Vascular
  • Cardiac
  • Renal
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Neurological

You will then extend your study of clinical sciences and learn how these are closely linked to the associated clinical presentations of a range of acute and chronic common medical conditions and injuries, presenting in patients, including paediatric and pregnant patients. The scientific basis of these conditions will be described and linked to the symptoms and signs of these conditions. You will study a range of conditions commonly seen both in the community and in hospital.

You will study the above topics for the following body systems:

  • Musculoskeletal
  • Ophthalmology
  • ENT
  • Endocrine and Metabolic
  • Dermatology
  • Haematological
  • Infections
  • Paediatrics
  • Female health

You will also explore and develop the skills of evidence-based clinical practice that form the core of the clinical skills that you will use professionally as a Physician Associate. You will learn the best ways for gathering accurate and appropriate information about your patient and how to perform physical examinations of your patient. You will study the best use of investigations, like blood tests and x-rays to help to diagnose illness and you will also learn basic clinical procedures such as measuring blood pressure, heart rate, taking blood or using oxygen. You will then go on to learn and demonstrate effective communication skills for working with your patients and the multidisciplinary clinical team that you will work with. You will also learn how to interpret the results of investigations such as blood tests, x-rays, CT and MRI scans so they can be utilised to diagnose your patient and work out a treatment plan.

You will go on to apply the skills you have learnt to be able to carry out basic core procedures such as venepuncture and oxygen therapy. As you become more confident, you will practise your new skills in a safe setting with clinical simulation, using the same procedures and equipment that is used in hospital or in the community. This work will enable you to perfect and extend your range of clinical skills so that when you enter clinical placements you can be safe and confident in your level of knowledge, but know the point at which you need to seek help from senior colleagues.

In term two you will continue to develop and enhance the clinical skills of those evidence-based clinical and professional skills and develop best practice for history taking, clinical examination as well as the use of investigations and basic procedures. You will then go on to learn about utilising these skills in paediatric and pregnant patients. In addition, you will explore current guidelines for emergency management and resuscitation. You will now learn how to take a focused history from a patient, and further skills for focused clinical examinations and the reasoned prioritisation and interpretation of findings from investigations. You will then go on to apply the skills you have learnt to be able carry out further core procedures such as cannulation, arterial blood gas, infusions, advanced oxygen therapy, suturing and then use your skills and these procedures to learn about and practice emergency management guidelines and resuscitation skills.

To ensure deeper learning in your clinical topics you will undertake clinical simulation scenarios in a multidisciplinary team setting to extend your skills on how to manage adult, paediatric and pregnant patients for a range of acute and chronic conditions. You will also learn the ABCDE approach for managing emergency conditions and also learn how to perform Basic and Intermediate life support.

As part of the course you will also study Public Health which is the study of the 'causes of the causes' and the many drivers behind illness and health in our society and their contribution to major global health issues. You will explore three key healthcare areas, public health and the psychosociology of health and mental health. Your public health learning will start with a consideration of wellbeing and definitions of health progressing to looking at how people try to keep healthy. Moving on you will consider the important topics surrounding why people seek healthcare input, looking at economic and behavioural aspects of healthcare access, barriers and inequalities. Then you will look at the principles of illness prevention and the epidemiological definitions of population health. As part of your study of epidemiology you will study some real life local examples of epidemiology and learn to recognise and assess the statistical methods employed. In addition, you will also consider some current topics in global healthcare discussing the variations in access and delivery.

Research has shown that there is a powerful role for psychosocial factors in determining the pattern of illness and health in any population. You will develop a deeper understanding of those sociological factors that contribute to levels of health and illness in a population and relating these to health inequalities. You will then take a further look at health seeking behaviour, looking this time specifically at sociological determinants and linking this to the issue of achieving behavioural changes, including the difference between concordance and compliance for patients. You will also study common mental health presentations and learn about assessment and patient management in mental health. You will then study those medicolegal aspects that are important in mental health, including learning about mental capacity and its role in patient health.

You will go on to explore and develop the communication and clinical reasoning skills that you will use in clinical practice as a Physician Associate. You will study what is meant by patient safety, understanding and managing clinical risk. You will explore what is best practice in patient-centred communication and shared-decision making in patient assessment and management. Then the process of clinical decision making will be explored and your skills will be extended so that you are able to work successfully in complex, time sensitive and uncertain environments focusing on how to work safely, within your abilities and responsibilities and how to recognise and avoid clinical error. You will then go on to study how to work with children and vulnerable people safely and with empathy and you will develop skills to enable you to work successfully with more challenging patients who are either anxious, upset or angry.

You will then apply the skills you have learnt using best practice to become more confident when working in dynamic, complex clinical environments, also learning how to avoid clinical error through good multidisciplinary team working. You will study human factors, which is concerned with situational awareness, cognitive and affective biases, coping well with authority and reducing errors due to system and organisational causes. Furthermore, you will be able to practice your good communication and clinical reasoning skills by learning to assess and manage more complex cases in simulation enabling you to become a safe, capable and patient-centred clinician.

In year two you will also have the majority of your clinical placements. You will be going out into full-time work-based clinical placements either in the community and primary care environment or in the hospital, in secondary care. This will enable you to translate the knowledge and skills that you have gained earlier from both a theoretical and simulation perspective, into real-life clinical practice. These studies will also prepare you to be eligible to undertake the Physician Associate National Certification examination which you must pass to be able to practice clinically. Whilst on clinical placement you will work under the supervision and guidance of a clinical supervisor in a range of community or primary care environments. Clinical Placements in primary care will include general practice, hospice care, sexual health and residential and care homes. Whereas clinical placements in secondary care could be in any of these areas:

  • Acute medicine
  • Emergency medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Obstetrics & gynaecology
  • Paediatric medicine
  • Mental health

In secondary care you could be in follow-up clinics, outpatient clinics, surgical theatre, ward rounds or multidisciplinary meetings. You will be learning with, from and about patients in a clinical setting under supervision. You will be taking patient histories, examining patients, following a patient journey. You will also need to understand patient medications, how to take and record patient observations and interpret patient investigations, carry out clinical skills as appropriate. Clinical placements will also prepare you to be eligible to undertake the Physician Associate National Certification examination which you must pass to be able to practice clinically

Whilst on clinical placement you will learn patient assessment, examination and diagnosis in a primary care or secondary care. You will be able to use those clinical skills and procedures that you learnt previously in simulation, in the management of real patients under direct supervision. You will experience working in a multi-disciplinary team and be able to put your patient-centred approach into practice, including emergency management guidelines and resuscitation skills. You will work under the supervision and guidance of a clinical supervisor in a range of healthcare environments where you will work through and complete a signed off skills passport. During this period you will be assessed by clinical supervisors in each clinical placement, throughout the year to develop as a competent practitioner.

Finally, you will study integrated clinical simulation which will enable you to demonstrate the clinical knowledge and skills that you have acquired earlier in the course and enable you to apply these in the context of patient assessment and management in clinical settings, including emergency management and resuscitation. You will undertake this through a mixture of online lectures and simulation, with low fidelity, hybrid and high-fidelity simulation mannikins and deliberate practice. In this way you will gradually extend and integrate your theoretical clinical knowledge and practical clinical skills. You will then apply and demonstrate these skills to assess and clinically manage patients safely and competently.

You will practice skills in referring and handing over patients safely and competently to other medical practitioners. You will be able to demonstrate your patient-centred approach and you level of team working skills, your knowledge of working in a multi-disciplinary team and approach to reducing clinical error through a sound understanding of human factors. At this point you will be ready to complete your course and if you have passed all your modules you will be eligible to sit the Physician Associate National Exam and be able to work clinically in your new profession.

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MODULES

  • Core Modules
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    Bioscience and Pharmacology for Clinical Medicine and Surgery 1

    In this module you will study a wide range of clinical sciences, including anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, microbiology and pharmacology, with a focus on how these are linked to human health and disease. These sciences will then be closely linked to the associated clinical presentations of a range of acute and chronic common medical conditions and injuries, presenting in patients. The scientific basis of these conditions will be described and linked to the symptoms and signs of disease. You will study a range conditions commonly seen both in the community and in hospital.

    You will study the above topics for the following body systems:

    • Respiratory
    • Vascular
    • Cardiac
    • Renal
    • Gastrointestinal
    • Neurological

    You will have both face-to-face and online lectures and tutorials in these subjects, and as you undertake the module you will complete a Case Study.

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    Foundations of Physician Associate Clinical Practice 1

    In this module you will explore and develop the skills of evidence-based clinical practice that form the core of the clinical skills that you will use professionally as a Physician Associate. You will explore the best ways for gathering accurate and appropriate information about your patient and how to perform physical examinations of your patient. You will study the best use of investigations, like blood tests and x-rays to help to diagnose illness and you will also learn basic clinical procedures such as measuring blood pressure, heart rate, taking blood or using oxygen.

    You will learn and demonstrate effective communication skills for working with your patients and the multidisciplinary clinical team that you will work with. You will also learn how to interpret the results of investigations such as blood tests, x-rays, CT and MRI scans so they can be utilised to diagnose your patient and work out a treatment plan.

    You will apply the skills you have learnt to be able carry out basic core procedures such as venepuncture and oxygen therapy. As you become more confident, you will practise your new skills in a safe setting with clinical simulation, using the same procedures and equipment that is used in hospital or in the community. This work will enable you to perfect and extend your range of clinical skills so that when you enter clinical placements you can be safe and confident in your level of knowledge, but know the point at which you need to seek help from senior colleagues.

    At the end of the module you will be assessed and you will need to undertake an OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Exam) practical exam.

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    Bioscience and Pharmacology for Clinical Medicine and Surgery 2

    In this module you will extend your study of a wide range of clinical sciences, including anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, microbiology, and pharmacology with focus on how these are linked to human health and disease, that you started in Module PA7001. You will then study how these sciences are closely linked to the associated clinical presentations of a range of acute and chronic common medical conditions and injuries, presenting in patients, including paediatric and pregnant patients. The scientific basis of these conditions will be described and linked to the symptoms and signs of these conditions. You will study a range conditions commonly seen both in the community and in hospital.

    You will study the above topics for the following body systems:

    • Musculoskeletal
    • Ophthalmology
    • ENT
    • Endocrine and Metabolic
    • Dermatology
    • Haematological
    • Infections
    • Paediatrics
    • Female Health

    You will have both face-to-face and online lectures and tutorials in these subjects, and as you undertake the module you will complete a Case Study.

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    Foundations of Physician Associate Clinical Practice 2

    This module will enable you to continue to develop and enhance the clinical skills of those evidence-based clinical and professional skills that you first met in Foundations of Physician Associate Clinical Practice 1 and that you will use in practice as a Physician Associate. The module will continue to develop best practice for history taking, clinical examination as well as the use of investigations and basic procedures. In this module you will learn about utilising these skills in paediatric and pregnant patients. In addition, you will explore current guidelines for emergency management and resuscitation.

    The skills you will learn include focused history taking, skills for focused clinical examinations and the reasoned prioritisation and interpretation of findings from investigations such as blood tests, x-ray, CT scans and MRI.

    You will then go on to apply the skills you have learnt to be able carry out basic core procedures such as cannulation, arterial blood gas, infusions, advanced oxygen therapy, suturing and then use your skills and procedures to learn about and practice emergency management guidelines and resuscitation skills.

    To ensure deeper learning in your clinical topics you will undertake clinical simulation scenarios in a multidisciplinary team setting to extend your skills on how to manage adult, paediatric and pregnant patients for a range of acute and chronic conditions. You will also learn the ABCDE approach for managing emergency conditions and also learn how to perform Basic and Intermediate life support.

    At the end of the module you will be assessed and you will need to undertake an OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Exam) practical exam.

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    Public Health, Behavioural medicine and Mental Health (Mental Wealth)

    In this module you will study the 'causes of the causes' and the many drivers behind illness and health in our society and their contribution to major global health issues. You will explore three key healthcare areas, public health and the psychosociology of health and mental health.

    Public health will start with a consideration of wellbeing and definitions of health progressing to looking at how people try to keep healthy. Moving on you will consider the important topics surrounding why people seek healthcare input, looking at economic and behavioural aspects of healthcare access, barriers and inequalities. Then you will look at the principles of illness prevention and the epidemiological definitions of population health. As part of your study of epidemiology you will study some real life local examples of epidemiology and learn to recognise and assess the statistical methods employed. This module will extend the professional skills that you will use in practice as a Physician Associate. In addition, you will also consider some current topics in global healthcare discussing the variations in access and delivery.

    Research has shown that there is a powerful role for psychosocial factors in determining the pattern of illness and health in any population. This module will foster a deeper understanding of those sociological factors that contribute to levels of health and illness in a population and relating these to health inequalities. You will then take a further look at health seeking behaviour, looking this time specifically at sociological determinants and linking this to the issue of achieving behavioural changes, including the difference between concordance and compliance for patients.

    You will also study common mental health presentations and learn about assessment and patient management in mental health. You will then study those medicolegal aspects that are important in mental health, including learning about mental capacity and its role in patient health.

    You will be assessed through a group video presentation on behavioural or mental health and a case study on an issue that particularly interested you and how it has impacted your studies.

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    Communication and Clinical Reasoning in Clinical Assessment Practice

    In this module you will explore and develop the communication and clinical reasoning skills that you will use in clinical practice as a Physician Associate. You will study what is meant by patient safety, understanding and managing clinical risk. You will explore what is best practice in patient-centred communication and shared-decision making in patient assessment and management. Then the process of clinical decision making will be explored and your skills will be extended so that you are able to work successfully in complex, time sensitive and uncertain environments focusing on how to work safely, within your abilities and responsibilities and how to recognise and avoid clinical error.

    You will study how to work with children and vulnerable people safely and with empathy and you will develop skills to enable you to work successfully with more challenging patients who are either anxious, upset or angry.

    You will then go on to apply the skills you have learnt using best practice to become more confident when working in dynamic, complex clinical environments, also learning how to avoid clinical error through good multidisciplinary teamworking. You will study human factors, which is concerned with situational awareness, cognitive and affective biases, coping well with authority and reducing errors due to system and organisational causes. Furthermore, you will be able to practice your good communication and clinical reasoning skills by learning to assess and manage more complex cases in simulation enabling you to become a safe, capable and patient-centred clinician.

    You will be assessed by means of a Group video project and a Case study that you will complete during the module.

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    Research Methods and Evidence Based Medicine

    In this module you will study how to design a research question and then search clinical and scientific databases to find an appropriate range of literature on a chosen topic. You will be able to explore differing research methodologies and learn how to decide which type will be most relevant for a particular project. You will also learn how to critically evaluate literature, choose an appropriate research methodology, including ethical considerations, and how to undertake your Research Dissertation. You will also learn how to analyse, evaluate, describe and present your findings at levels appropriate for clinical professionals.

    You will be introduced to the elements of research methodology, including statistics, qualitative and quantitative methods, ethics, developing a research idea and analysing and presenting data. In addition, it will also give you the skills to undertake clinically-based audit and research when you are a qualified Physician Associate. In this module you will be assessed on the production of a competent dissertation proposal that draws together the material covered in the module. You will also be required to prepare a poster presentation on research methods, which will be assessed. Completion of this module helps to prepare you to undertake your research dissertation and this module must be passed before you can commence your research.

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    Clinical Placements

    In this module your clinical placements will be in primary and secondary care and in this module you will receive your teaching in your clinical placement. You will be going out into full-time work-based clinical placements either in the community and primary care environment or in the hospital, in secondary care. This will enable you to translate the knowledge and skills that you have gained from both a theoretical and simulation perspective, into real-life clinical practice. This module will also prepare you to be eligible to undertake the Physician Associate National Certification examination which you must pass to be able to practice clinically.

    In this module you will work under the supervision and guidance of a clinical supervisor in a range of community or primary care environments. In clinical placement you will work through and complete a signed off skills passport and a placement assessment document. You will be assessed by clinical supervisors in each clinical placement, throughout the year to develop as competent practitioner.

    Clinical Placements in primary care will include general practice, hospice care, sexual health and residential and care homes. Whereas clinical placements in secondary care could be in any of these areas:

    • Acute medicine
    • Emergency medicine
    • General Surgery
    • Obstetrics & gynaecology
    • Paediatric medicine
    • Mental health

    In secondary care you could be in follow-up clinics, outpatient clinics, surgical theatre, ward rounds or multidisciplinary meetings. You will be learning with, from and about patients in a clinical setting under supervision. You will be taking patient histories, examining patients, following a patient journey. You will also need to understand patient medications, how to take and record patient observations and interpret patient investigations, carry out clinical skills as appropriate. This module will also prepare you to be eligible to undertake the Physician Associate National Certification examination which you must pass to be able to practice clinically.

    In this module you will learn patient assessment, examination and diagnosis in a primary care or secondary care. You will be able to use those clinical skills and procedures that you learnt previously in simulation, in the management of real patients under direct supervision. You will experience working in a multi-disciplinary team and be able to put your patient-centred approach into practice, including emergency management guidelines and resuscitation skills. You will work under the supervision and guidance of a clinical supervisor in a range of healthcare environments where you will work through and complete a signed off skills passport. During this period you will be assessed by clinical supervisors in each clinical placement, throughout the year to develop as a competent practitioner.

    You need to pass every clinical placement within this module. If you fail a placement you will have the opportunity to resit. You will be assessed by completing both a Placement Assessment Document and a Practical Skills Passport, these documents will be continuously assessed and are both Pass/Fail. The documents will contain entries by yourself and your various clinical advisers.

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    Research Dissertation -Service Improvement Project

    In this module you will apply those skills that you have learnt in the Research Methods and Evidence-Based Medicine Module to devise and implement a community-based research project (dissertation).

    The research project is an extended piece of work that explores an aspect of one of the following:

    • Service improvement policy
    • Community practice
    • Healthcare policy
    • Public health
    • Psychosocial issues applied to healthcare

    You will work under the guidance of a project supervisor to identify a suitable topic for exploration and to develop your research methodology. Along with a critical evaluation and analysis of a range of relevant literature you will need to audit and evaluate an aspect of the role of the Physician Associate in clinical practice. You will also need to assess the potential impact of your findings on healthcare improvement within a clinical setting. Exploring and appraising the conceptual, analytical and ethical processes which underpin your project will allow you to consolidate and enhance your skills in research and evaluation as you complete this considerable piece of work. Ethical aspects and considerations necessary during all phases of planning and data collection will also be a major focus for your reflection and this module and your project will provide an opportunity for you to collaborate with clinical colleagues to extend your knowledge with reference service improvement and also to assess the potential of Physician Associates as a new healthcare profession.

    You will be assessed on your completed research dissertation. Also as part of your assessment ,along with the final dissertation, you will need to produce a mid-term presentation outlining the major themes, aims, objectives and planning that you have undertaken when scoping your project.

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    Advanced Clinical Practice

    This module will enable you to consolidate and undertake further practice, demonstrating the clinical knowledge and skills that you have acquired in earlier modules and applying these in the context of patient assessment and management in a clinical setting, including emergency management and resuscitation. Through a blended mixture of online lectures and simulation learning, with low fidelity, hybrid and high-fidelity simulation mannikins and deliberate practice, you will gradually extend and integrate your theoretical clinical knowledge and practical clinical skills. You will apply and demonstrate these skills to assess and clinically manage patients safely and competently.

    In addition you will practice skills in referring and handing over patients safely and competently to other medical practitioners. You will be able to demonstrate your patient-centred approach and you level of teamworking skills, your knowledge of working in a multi-disciplinary team and approach to reducing clinical error through a sound understanding of human factors. This module will be taught on academic in-days throughout your second year when you are off clinical placement and at university.

HOW YOU'LL LEARN

You'll be taught by a range of staff, who are either medical educators, scientists or work in clinical practice. This will ensure that you develop into safe, competent, reflective, multi-professional and patient-centred clinicians who can work safely under direct or indirect supervision. Each module is designed so that you are able to acquire the appropriate level of clinical knowledge and skills to support your clinical work.

You will be taught by a combination of interactive online lectures and face-to-face sessions. Many of these sessions will be practical and will involve learning in a simulated clinical setting. When not attending timetabled lectures, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This will typically involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, the library and the UEL VLE Moodle.

Our academic support team provides help in a range of areas - including learning and disability support

When you arrive, we'll introduce you to your personal tutor. This is the member of staff who will provide academic guidance, be a support throughout your time at UEL and who will show you how to make the best use of all the help and resources that we offer.

Each year you will spend around 300 hours of timetabled learning and teaching activities. These may be lectures, workshops, seminars and individual and group tutorials. Contact hours may vary depending on each module.

The approximate percentages for this course are:

Year 1: scheduled teaching - 536 hours; guided independent study - 664 hours.

Year 2: scheduled teaching - 1746 hours; guided independent study - 554 hours.

Your timetable

Your individualised timetable is normally available to students within 48 hours of enrolment. Whilst we make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week between 9.00am and 6.00pm.

Class sizes

To give you an indication of class sizes, this course normally attracts 30 students a year. Lecture sizes are normally 30 students. In the classroom for tutorials or in simulation you will be taught in groups of 5 - 30 students. However, this can vary by module.

HOW YOU'LL BE ASSESSED

You will be assessed in various ways as is appropriate for each module:

Module 1 50% Theory 50% Case Study

Module 2 100% Practical

Module 3 50% Theory 50% Case Study

Module 4 100% Practical

Module 5 60% Group Video 40% Case Study

Module 6 60% Group Video 40% Case Study

Module 7 50% Coursework 50% Poster presentation

Module 8 100% Placement Assessment Document and a Clinical Skills Passport

Module 9 100% 9,000 word dissertation

Module 10 100% Practical

You will receive feedback throughout the course within practical sessions. We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 14 working days of submission.

CAMPUS and FACILITIES

Stratford Campus

Stratford Campus, Water Lane, Stratford

WHO TEACHES THIS COURSE

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

Professor Janina Iwaszko

Janina Iwaszko is Professor of Clinical Education and Simulation.

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WHAT WE'RE RESEARCHING

This is a taught Masters programme, but as part of your studies you will need to complete a 9,000 word research dissertation. This piece of work explores an aspect of one of the following: Service improvement policy; Community practice; Healthcare policy; Public health or Psychosocial issues applied to healthcare. You will work under the guidance of a project supervisor to identify a suitable topic for exploration and develop your research methodology. Along with critical evaluation and analysis of a range of relevant literature, you will need to audit and evaluate aspects of the role of the Physician Associate in clinical practice. You will also need to assess the potential impact of your findings on healthcare improvement within a clinical setting. Your project will provide an opportunity for you to collaborate with clinical colleagues to extend your knowledge with reference service improvement and also to assess the potential of Physician Associates as a new healthcare profession.  

YOUR FUTURE CAREER

Physician Associates are a new type of healthcare professional that have a broad, generalist medical education. In order to work as a Physician Associate you will need to pass your university course and then in addition you will need to pass a professional national exam. This consists of a theory and a practical section. You will then need to join a Managed Voluntary Register of Practitioners. You will work alongside GPs, physicians and surgeons to provide clinical care as part of an integrated multidisciplinary team either in hospital or in the community. Physician Associates are dependent practitioners, who as they gain experience and skills can learn to work autonomously, but will always work under the supervision of a fully trained and experienced doctor. They bring a range of new professional talent to add to the existing skill mix within clinical teams. Physician Associates provide a stable, generalist section of the clinical workforce which will increasingly help to ease the clinical workforce pressures that the NHS increasingly faces.