Our Physician Associate programmes at Reading have been developed in partnership with local NHS groups in response to the growing demand for this professional role in the NHS.
With our partners the Royal Berkshire Hospital and the Berkshire Healthcare Trust, and with the collaboration of local clinical commissioning groups, we are committed to providing our students with intensive evidence-based academic knowledge coupled with the hands-on workplace training that is required for this important role.
Created with your future in mind
Qualified Physician Associates (PAs) are in high demand across the country. Our first cohort of postgraduate students graduated in 2017. We've had 100% pass rate on the national exams for two years running, and all of our graduates have found PA jobs within the NHS.*
"The advantage of how my job has moulded itself is that I'm able to get much more skilled in a specialty that I love like neurology, as well as keeping up with general practice knowledge. I love the variability of my role - I can see so much in one day."
All of our teaching staff are medically trained and many of our lectures are delivered by clinicians from our partners at Royal Berkshire Hospital and the Berkshire Healthcare Trust, ensuring that you are taught the most up-to-date content by people who have on-the-ground experience.
"Being able to apply real life work scenarios to my lectures really enhances my teaching. I often give my students anonymised case studies about patients I have seen at the hospital. I don't think it can get more current than that."
We offer three routes to becoming a qualified Physician Associate: Our MPAS Physician Associate Studies integrated masters for undergraduate students and for postgraduate study we offer both an MSc and PGDip programme.
*These figures apply to our first two cohorts of students, who all undertook the Postgraduate Diploma Physician Associate programme.
A Physician Associate (PA) is a trained healthcare professional who works as a member of a medical team under the supervision of a doctor or surgeon in GP practices, community health services, and all types of hospital care.
PAs support doctors in the diagnosis and management of patients, and are trained to perform a number of roles including:
- Taking medical histories
- Performing examinations
- Diagnosing illnesses
- Analysing test results
- Developing management plans