Good medical practice: interim standards for physician associates and anaesthesia associates will take effect after regulation begins and a PA or AA registers with the GMC.
It has been developed with input from the Faculty of Physician Associates, Royal College of Physicians, Association of Anaesthesia Associates, Royal College of Anaesthetists, as well as individual PAs, AAs, students and doctors.
The guidance has been made available now to give PAs, AAs, and students time to familiarise themselves with the GMC’s requirements. It will also help the public, employers and other members of the healthcare team to better understand these important roles and the contribution that PAs and AAs make to patient care across the UK.
In 2019 the Department of Health and Social Care, with the support of the four UK governments, asked the GMC to regulate PAs and AAs. The guidance has been developed as part of the GMC’s programme of work to prepare for future regulation. It will come into effect once legislation to implement broader reforms to healthcare professional regulation has been passed by the UK parliament.
Professor Colin Melville, Medical Director and Director of Education and Standards said:
‘Today’s publication is another significant milestone marking the road to regulation for PAs and AAs. We hope the standards will generate positive conversations in multidisciplinary teams and elevate further the existing professionalism of these valued roles.’