Ethical guidance for PAs and AAs

Our guidance sets out the professional values, knowledge, skills and behaviours that will be expected of the physician associates (PAs) and anaesthesia associates (AAs) registered with us when regulation begins. It provides a framework for ethical decision making across a wide range of situations.

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Good medical practice: interim standards for physician associates and anaesthesia associates

The guidance for physician associates and anaesthesia associates will take effect after regulation begins. PAs and AAs can familiarise themselves with the interim standards now.

Case studies

Learn how PAs, AAs and doctors use their judgement to apply the principles of Good medical practice.

Each case study focuses on an area of practice that we’re most commonly asked questions about. These include working within your competence, working in partnership with patients and working in collaboration with colleagues. They’ve been developed in partnership with frontline physician associates, anaesthesia associates and the doctors who work with them. They’re designed to help you put our guidance into everyday context.


Ethical guidance and materials for doctors

Our guidance for doctors can also provide advice for good practice for physician associates and anaesthesia associates. We’ve featured suggested topics here, but all our ethical guidance is available and relevant to PAs and AAs.