Opis tego kierunku w języku polskim znajdziesz tu>>
Physician Associates are in demand because of a shortfall in the number of doctors. If you have a first degree in life or health sciences, this course will train you in a wide range of clinical skills vital to the diagnosis, treatment and care of patients in primary and secondary care.
As a Physician Associate, you’ll fill an important clinical role. You’ll be able to take a patient’s history, perform physical examinations and request and interpret diagnostic test results. You’ll be able to diagnose illnesses; develop treatment and management plans; perform therapeutic procedures; and undertake patient education, counselling and health promotion. From year one you’ll undertake integrated primary care placements in GP surgeries. In year two you’ll be on placement for the entire year as well as producing a Quality Improvement Plan for the NHS.
Our Master’s degree will help you develop a range of skills relating to the cardiovascular, respiratory and gastro-intestinal systems; the eyes, ears, nose and throat; the skin; and the renal, genitourinary, male and female reproductive systems. You’ll learn to become a caring, capable, knowledgeable and research-aware Physician Associate, with high-level clinical and communication skills.
Your study will be divided equally between theory and practice, employing the medical model of teaching, learning and assessment. Besides lectures, tutorials, practical workshops, role play and simulated skills work on campus, you’ll complete a programme of clinical placement rotations in general practice, hospital wards and outpatient settings across the East of England in the following clinical specialties (total hours, over 2 years in brackets):
- Community-based medicine (440 hours)
- General hospital medicine (480 hours)
- Front Door Medicine (A&E) (360 hours)
- Mental health (120 hours)
- General surgery (120 hours)
- Obstetrics & gynaecology (120 hours)
- Paediatrics in an acute setting (120 hours)
This is an intensive and challenging course – but one which offers its own, significant rewards.
Course Leader: Rachel Cubberley
Senior Lecturer: Samantha Cryer
Senior Lecturer: Nasser Dalily-Yazdi
Senior Lecturer: Jade Moore
Senior Lecturer: Francesca Panin
The UK Physician Associate scheme builds on 60 years’ proven success of a similar system in the USA. Physician Associates fill an emerging and increasingly important role in the UK, not least because they help to mitigate the UK shortfall in medics as well as contributing to the general efficiency of improving health care delivery for all NHS patients.
There are increasing opportunities for employment in the NHS primary and acute healthcare service sector across the East of England. Graduate Physician Associates are frequently appointed to roles in general practice, cardiology, neurosurgery and other specialties.
In order to be registered on the FPA Managed Voluntary Register as a Physician Associate you’ll need to pass the PA National Exam after graduating from the MSc Physician Associate. The National Exam is not part of the Masters and the cost of the exam is therefore not included in your fees. Find out more at the Faculty of Physician Associates website.
MODULES & ASSESSMENT
Medical Practice & Patient Care IThis is the first of three modules in Medical Practice and Patient Care which is aligned to the National Curriculum published by the Faculty of Physician Associates. Develop a critical understanding of pathophysiology in named physiological systems. This module will provide you with core knowledge of basic medical sciences in the fields of anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pathology/histology, microbiology and genetics. You’ll develop a critical understanding in the following topics, considering children, adults and elderly care, including an appreciation of the applied pharmacology of disease, patient considerations and management of the associated diseases; Cardiovascular system, Respiratory system, Endocrine system, Skin & Infection and Mental Health It’ll be summatively assessed by an in-class test and an end-of-module exam. To support you to prepare for these assessments, formative assessment will include weekly self-directed assessment and class discussion.
Medical Practice & Patient Care IIIn this module you’ll build on knowledge gained in Medical Practice & Patient Care I. It’ll support you to develop the assessment skills necessary to undertake patient assessment and engagement. You’ll be given the opportunity to develop your skills in the application of this knowledge in clinical reasoning and the planning of management strategies. You’ll develop a critical understanding in the following topics, considering children, adults and elderly care, including an appreciation of the applied pharmacology of disease, patient considerations and management of the associated diseases; Musculoskeletal systemm, Gastrointestinal system, Neurological system, Haematology, Renal & Genitourinary, Female reproduction and Sexual Health It’ll be summatively assessed by an in-class test and an end-of-module exam. To support you to prepare for these assessments, formative assessment will include weekly self-directed assessment and class discussion.
Medical Practice & Patient Care IIIThis module will build upon the knowledge and skills of the previous two modules. You’ll develop a critical understanding in the following topics, including an appreciation of the applied pharmacology of disease, patient considerations and management of the associated diseases; Paediatrics, Ears, nose and throat (ENT), Care of the elderly, Diseases of the eye andObservation and judgement in children and young people’s development. It’ll be summatively assessed by an end of module exam. To support you to prepare for the exam, formative assessment will include weekly self-directed assessment and class discussion.
Policy, Practice & GovernanceExplore the broader context of clinical practice, recognising that practitioners should have core knowledge, skills and values that promote equality, diversity and respect when working with patients, carers and families. In addition, the role of research, clinical governance and management of risk to underpin safe and effective practice are explored. The module will cover the following; Patient information sharing, Patient rights, Equality & diversity, Ethical & legal issues impacting patient care, carers and society, Safeguarding (adults and children), Accurate medical records including timeliness and relevance, Clinical audit and Research approaches and design. It’ll be summatively assessed by two written think pieces. To support you to prepare for these assessments, formative assessment will include weekly self-directed assessment and class discussion.
Primary Care PracticeThis module supports your clinical development in line with the role of a Physician Associate (PA). It supports the learning of module one and two and comprises clinical placement coupled with the clinical skill development. It’ll support you to develop the procedural (clinical) skills necessary to undertake patient assessment and engagement with a focus of disease presentation and patient interaction. You’ll be given the opportunity to develop your skills in the application of your clinical knowledge as part of the community placement, including GP Practices. It’ll be summatively assessed by a Clinical Skills Passport (CSP) and the completion of a practice assessment document (PAD).
Year two, core modules
Quality Improvement in the NHSIntroducing the concepts and approaches of delivering a quality improvement plan for the NHS. It focuses on the rationale and approaches to continuous review and reflect and the importance for patient care. Specifically, following the development of best practices and process, you’ll be required to identify, plan and undertake an appropriate quality improvement project whilst in practice. Data authenticity and suitability will be explored and suitable methodologies for collection and analysis discussed. Descriptive statistics and data presentation will be employed. It’ll be summatively assessed through the synthesis of a quality improvement project using primary data.
Medical Practice in Primary & Secondary CareBuilding on the theoretical, procedural and clinical learning developed in year 1, it comprises clinical placement coupled with clinical skills development. You’ll complete clinical hours in a range of specified areas of clinical speciality both within primary and secondary care. It’ll support you to further enhance your patient assessment and management skills, develop procedural skills and engage with the wider multi-disciplinary team. You’ll be able to engage with patients in a wide variety of clinical settings in order to develop your skills in the application of clinical knowledge and enhance your communication skills in order to meet the needs of patients from diverse social and ethnic backgrounds. It’ll be summatively assessed SBA (single best answer) exam, OSCE and the completion of a Practice Assessment Document (PAD).
We use a range of assessment methods to check your progress during your studies and then to make sure that you meet the required standards to register for practice as a Physician Associate.
Although they vary, our assessment strategies are all carefully designed to challenge you so that you expand your critical and creative thinking as well as your problem-solving and skills for clinical practice. The assessments will let you synthesise existing knowledge and accumulate new knowledge in order to evidence the development of your professional practice.
Your progress and achievements will be assessed through theoretical essays, simulated clinically orientated objective structured clinical examination (OSCE), multiple-choice questions (MCQ) and single best answer (SBA) exams. Your placement will be assessed by a Practice Assessment Document (PAD).
This is a two year programme
Please note that you will need to complete all of the above core modules, as well as be successful on all your placements. This is intensive and taught full-time over two years, 5 days a week. This course is longer than a traditional postgraduate programme, teaching takes place for 45 weeks and full attendance is expected for all elements of the course.