A message for the MAPs community from our Chair

These extraordinary times serve as a constant reminder of the hard work and dedication of those on the NHS frontline. Each and every member of the medical team is invaluable. Quite simply, the health system would fall down without your efforts.

As we move through this pandemic we know that PAs and AAs up and down the country are proving indispensable.

That's why we at the GMC are so pleased MAPs will soon come under our regulation, so we can help drive the development of your roles and maximise your contribution to the workforce.

Naturally there will be questions about how this pandemic will affect the speed at which we move to bring MAPs into regulation. This unprecedented situation means we can't guarantee there won't be a delay. This is new territory for all of us. But I also want to make it clear that, as far as we can, we are continuing this work and consider it vital to the future success of our health service.

We will be adapting some of our plans in response to the coronavirus, in particular, as we won't be able to have face-to-face engagement for a while, we'll share developing proposals with you via this newsletter. We may also run some online surveys. We want to avoid placing additional burdens on frontline professionals at this time.

There could be some delay to the regulatory timescale whilst some GMC staff are diverted into the work to support our COVID-19 response. However, as things stand, we are still working towards being able to start regulation of MAPs before the end of 2021.

The next few months are going to ask a lot of us all. Be kind to those around you, and to yourselves. The health service will still need you when this is all over. Take the time you need to rest and reflect so you can continue to deliver first-class care to your patients.

To those PAs and AAs working flat out to provide care in this pandemic, I want to say thank you. Your courage and fortitude are testament to the calibre of those who serve our communities day in, day out. I am proud to call you colleagues.

We will share a further update in a couple of months. In the meantime, we wish you well and keep safe.