This Physician Associate (PA) Preceptorship Programme has been created to help establish the PA role safely and sustainably in Primary Care. It provides a framework that progressively integrates the PA into the front-line clinical workforce to become a safe and productive team member able to make a meaningful difference to the Primary Care team. It creates a supportive educational environment to enable the newly qualified PA to gain clinical skill confidence and grow into the role of being an independent practitioner.
The PA Preceptorship Programme provides a framework of learning, supervision and review that constitutes best practice. It aims to balance the need for intensive GP clinical input and support in the early days with the desire to have the PA working autonomously and effectively as part of the clinical team. The Preceptorship covers common acute presentations and ongoing management of long-term conditions routinely faced in Primary Care and helps the PA differentiate between, and manage, common Primary Care presentations.