United Kingdom Physician Associates
Keywords:United Kingdom, Physician Associates
Physician Assistants (PAs) were first introduced to the UK in 2002 when two PAs were employed from the USA . A further 11 PAs followed, working in a similar region, with a report commissioned in 2004 to evaluate the impact of the role , followed by a further pilot scheme in Scotland . In 2005, the UK Association of Physician Assistants (UKAPA) was registered as the professional organization.
In 2013, the profession changed its title from Physician Assistant to Physician Associate, to aid further progress towards statutory regulation. In 2015, UKAPA and the Royal College of Physicians collaborated to develop and launch the Faculty of Physician Associates (FPA); the first non-doctor faculty of the college.
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