PA and AA generic and shared learning outcomes

This document will apply to physician associates (PAs) and anaesthesia associates (AAs) once they are subject to regulation by the General Medical Council (GMC). We published it on 29 September 2022 to give course providers time to prepare.

Practising PAs work alongside doctors and form part of the multidisciplinary team. They work across a range of specialties in general practice, community and hospital settings. PAs work with a dedicated medical supervisor, but experienced PAs are able to work more autonomously with appropriate support.

Practising AAs work as part of the anaesthetic team, under the direction and supervision of a consultant anaesthetist. They provide care for patients before, during and after their operation or procedure.

Each profession will define their scope of learning and practice in their specific curriculum.

The document describes the generic and shared professional capabilities and outcomes that newly qualified PAs and AAs must meet to be registered by the GMC. The outcomes in this framework have been embedded in the respective curricula and give assurance that PA and AA students have demonstrated core knowledge, skills and professional and ethical behaviours necessary to work safely and competently in their areas of practice and care contexts as newly qualified practitioners.