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

Good medical practice: interim standards for physician associates and anaesthesia associates provides a framework for decision-making to keep patients safe. 

This guidance is based on the current edition of Good medical practice for doctors and has been tailored to appropriately reflect your work as a physician associate or anaesthesia associate. It has four sections which describe the professional values and behaviours we expect from all professionals registered with us:

  1. Knowledge, skills and performance
  2. Safety and quality
  3. Communication, partnership and teamwork
  4. Maintaining trust.

This guidance covers a wide range of situations, including working cooperatively with colleagues, practising in line with the best available evidence, and working within the limits of your competence. 

We expect all our registrants to be familiar with the relevant edition of Good medical practice for their profession and use the guidance when making decisions with patients about their care. Medical professionals need to use their judgement about how to apply the guidance. This will depend on the specific circumstances of each decision- it’s about taking a proportionate approach. 

This guidance was published on 21 October 2021. It comes into effect at the start of regulation for physician associates and anaesthesia associates. It will remain in effect until the full review of Good medical practice is complete