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Physician Associates Preceptorships

Frimley Training Hub helps physician associates (PAs) who have recently graduated and who wish to kick-start their career in general practice by providing them with access to preceptorships in primary care in the Frimley ICS area.

(The Frimley ICS area includes Ascot, Bracknell, Farnham, Maidenhead, North East Hampshire, Slough, Windsor and South East Bucks).

Primary care offers PAs an exciting opportunity to develop their careers in the health sector.  This includes being able to develop longer term relationships with patients and staff and having the opportunity to move into specialisms such as women’s health and ante-natal care, running mental health clinics etc.

Frimley Training hub offers GPs interested in taking on a PA for their preceptorship with financial and practical help.

Preceptorships are offered for a one year to guide and support newly qualified PAs in the transition from student to autonomous practioner.

During their preceptorships PAs in primary care, they will work alongside GPs providing medical care as an integral part of the multidisciplinary team. PAs can work autonomously, but always under the supervision of a fully trained and experienced doctor. They bring new talent, add to the skill mix within teams and can help ease the workforce pressures that the NHS currently faces.

Through Frimley Training Hub we also provide opportunities for those studying to become a PA with work placements in primary care.

If you are a student, university offering physician associates courses or a GP interested in taking a PA on a preceptorship or work placement please contact frimley.traininghub@nhs.net

GPs

Physician’s associates undergoing their preceptorships in general practice can help to broaden the capacity of the GP role and skill mix within the practice team to help address the needs of patients in response to the growing and ageing population. They are particularly suitable for smaller GP practices.

Physicians Associates undergoing preceptorships in primary care provide a great asset for GPs including;

  • Freeing up a GPs time
  • Allowing GPs to focus on complex cases
  • Enabling general practice to develop a multi -disciplinary work force
  • Enhancing the skill mix in GP practice
  • Increasing access to care for patients

The aim of the programme is to develop a quality learning environment and smooth transition for the new PA. To aid the transition of the PA into primary care and improve retention.

The programme links to the GPFV, Long Term Plan, People Plan and the Revised GP Contract.

If you are in the Frimley ICS area (Ascot, Bracknell, Farnham, Maidenhead, North East Hampshire, Slough, Windsor and South East Bucks) and are interested in having a physican’s  associate undertake a preceptorship at your practice –  we have a package of financial and other support to help make this happen. This includes;

  • £5000 for each GP who takes on a PA on a preceptorship. This is to help fund the cost of the GP in terms of their time to act as a supervisor for the PA.
  • For preceptorships a GP Practice develops an approved preceptorship programme for PAs in their first year. Once agreed by HEE £5000 is allocated to the practice to fund support for CPD for the PA and fund support from the supervising GP.
  • Free support available through PATH to make the recruitment and first year preceptorship easy and manageable for busy GPs including templates, job descriptions, information about GP supervisor roles etc.
  • PATH also offer GP’s a free, no obligation assessment to help you understand whether having a PA undertake a preceptorship will be beneficial for your practice.
  • For a fee PATH can handle all aspects of recruitment for GPs including selection and interviews.

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Students and Universities

Frimley Training Hub can help you access work placements and identify opportunities for you to undertake your preceptorship in the Frimley ICS area.

  • Our GPs are committed to supporting PAs through the preceptorship process with good levels of supervision and a clear CPD programme for those undertaking their preceptorships
  • There are clear benefits for PA’s to undertake their preceptorship in primary care. Advantages to working in primary care – you are part of the practice team, there are opportunities to develop longer term relationships with patients and staff and have the opportunity to move into specialisms such as women’s health and ante-natal care, running mental health clinics etc.
  • We work closely with the PA ambassadors to help ensure preceptees feel supported and don’t feel isolated in smaller practices

Useful links

Faculty of Physician Associates – employing Physician Associates in General Practice

https://www.fparcp.co.uk/employers/pas-in-general-practice

PATH

Path HEE GP Supervisor programme (2020)

Path PCN services

Path HEE GP Supervisor programme 2020

Path PCN services