Promoting the Physician Associate profession in the UK since 2005

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.

General Public

Do you employ a PA or would like to employ a PA? Find out more about the profession and access resources to assist in employing PAs.


Are you a practicing PA? Find out the latest news and updates on the PA profession in the UK.


Are you a student PA? Get access to news, information, learning resources and student forums.



Join our forums for more news and further information. Registered PAs and student PAs have their own dedicated sections.


Information and registration for the Physician Associate Managed Voluntary Register.


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 2014 the Universities of Aberdeen, Birmingham, Plymouth, St Georges, Worcester and Wolverhampton are accepting applications for their 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. Please see the PA Locations section for a map showing where PAs are working.