Published: 01 March 2023

The role of a physician associate

As a physician associate, you'll work directly with patients to support doctors based in GP surgeries and hospitals. At Surrey, we'll help transform you into a physician associate who can make their mark in both primary and secondary care.

Career prospects 

In 2020, the UK Government announced it wanted 1,000 physician associates available to work in general practice. This number continues to grow, helping fill gaps in resource, with support from the NHS and the Department of Health. Over 30 hospitals across the UK currently employ physician associates.

Upon successful completion of your studies, you'll have the academic requirements needed to complete the Physician Associate Registration Assessment (PARA) and register with the General Medical Council (GMC) to practise clinically once you’ve graduated. 

Discover more about the role of a physician associate on the NHS careers website

Find out more about our physician associate studies course

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