Welcome to the home of the UK Association of Physician Associates


The Physician Associate is an innovative new health professional, who works with the clinical team to provide quality health care across the NHS.



UKAPA was founded in July 2005 by American physician associates employed in the United Kingdom in an effort to support and promote the development of the PA profession in the UK. The Department of Health's Competence and Curriculum Framework for the Physician Associate defines the physician associate as:

…a new healthcare professional who, while not a doctor, works to the medical model, with the attitudes, skills and knowledge base to deliver holistic care and treatment within the general medical and/or general practice team under defined levels of supervision.

As of January 2015 the Universities of AberdeenBirminghamPlymouthSt GeorgesWorcester and Wolverhampton are running active physician associate courses. There are currently PAs working in England and Scotland in a wide variety of medical and surgical specialties. They are also found on the academic staffs of the universities programmes.


In Summer 2015 we will become the Faculty of Physician Associates at the Royal College of Physicians. At present, details are being finalised and we are preparing for launch. You can see more about the faculty at https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/physician-associates