What is a Physician Associate?

Physician associates are collaborative healthcare professionals with a generalist medical education, who work alongside doctors, GPs and surgeons providing medical care as an integral part of the multidisciplinary team. Physician associates are dependent practitioners working with a dedicated supervisor, but are able to work independently with appropriate support. 

What do physician associates do? Physician associates work within a defined scope of practice and limits of competence. They: > take medical histories from patients > carry out physical examinations > see patients with undifferentiated diagnoses > see patients with long-term chronic conditions > formulate differential diagnoses and management plans > perform diagnostic and therapeutic procedures > develop and deliver appropriate treatment and management plans > request and interpret diagnostic studies > provide health promotion and disease prevention advice for patients.

We have three dedicated Physician Associates at Putneynead:

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