Physician Assistants are more commonly known as Physician Associates in the United Kingdom (UK) and work with physicians. Like Canadian and American PAs, Physician Associates have direct patient contact, taking histories, performing physical examinations, ordering and interpreting investigations (such as blood work or imaging), diagnosing medical conditions and initiating treatment plans.
They are autonomous, but dependent practitioners, which means they work under the supervising of the supervising physician. They are also trained under the medical model like doctors. These Physician Associates work in general practice, easing the pressure on the general practitioner workload, and in specialty and subspecialty practices. PAs work in specialties like GP surgery, A&E, hospital inaptient ward, Hospital ICU, Hospital Operating theatre, hospital outpatient department, Medical assessment unit or acute medical unit, rehabilitation, specialist surgery, walk in centres, and psychiatry services (RCP, FPAs).
The Faculty of Physician Associates reviews whether a Physician Associate is qualified and fit practice in the UK, and thereby join the Physician Associate Managed Voluntary Registrar (PAMVAR).