Physician associates are healthcare professionals who have the attitudes, skills and knowledgebase to deliver holistic care and treatment within general medical or general practice teams under defined levels of supervision.

Although physician associates are dependent practitioners, they can also practise independently and make independent decisions. This is enabled by collaboration and supportive working with their clinical supervisors.

The Royal College of Physicians and Health Education England have more information on the role of physician associates.

Physician Associates in Humber, Coast and Vale

In 2016 the Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership Workforce Board identified physician associate workforce growth as a key priority in addressing some of the challenges across the area. Physician associates are fundamental to system-wide service and workforce transformation.

The overarching aim of the Faculty is to enable growth in the physician associate workforce through collaborative and system-wide approaches to recruitment, retention and development of these healthcare professionals.

Recruitment and Training in Humber, Coast and Vale


Physician Associate Recruitment

A system-wide preceptorship scheme was developed to support employers and to promote growth and development of the physician associate role in Humber, Coast and Vale.

We are working with our employers and Hull York Medical School to enable as many PAs being educated in Humber, Coast and Vale to join our diverse workforce as possible.

Physician Associate Ambassadors

Four PA Ambassadors (PAA’s) have been funded by Health Education England to work across the Yorkshire and Humber area to champion the PA role.  They will lead on organisational and professional improvement projects specific to the PA role.  We are luck y enough to have a PAA allocated specifically to work with the Faculty of Advanced Practice and  Physician Associate Programme in Humber, Coast and Vale one day a week from November 2019. The PAA will work alongside the ACP Project Leads to ensure these professional roles are represented at a regional level, linking into national pathways and developments. 

Primary Care Workforce and Training Hubs

As a primary care workforce and training hub in Humber, Coast and Vale, Haxby Group and Freshney Green provide support for local practices and co-ordinate local schemes of behalf of Health Education England.


MSc in Physician Associate Studies

In Humber, Coast and Vale the Hull York Medical School offers a master’s degree in physician associate studies. Beyond Humber, Coast and Vale, the University of Leeds and the University of Bradford offer master’s degrees in physician associate studies.

Physician Associate Ready Scheme - Haxby Group

Haxby Group also provides a physician associate ready scheme to practices across Humber, Coast and Vale.

  • Haxby Group offers support for practices to employ and develop physician associates in general practice
  • Participating practices can access a two-year training grant, support workshops and a peer support network

For further information email [email protected]

Our Work

Current Projects

Retention and career development

  • Retention and career development survey results
  • Career Progression table top feedback from 2019 conference

Engagement of communities

  • Communities of practice table top feedback from 2019 conference

Recruitment in Humber, Coast and Vale

Strengthening governance

More Information

For further information, please email the Faculty. Please remember to include your name, organisation (if applicable), contact details and a summary of your request in the message.

If you are a qualified or in training PA and would like to receive information from us, please email us with your name, organisation, email address and specialist area.