Have your say on the PA and AA pre-qualification education framework

We’ve been working closely with colleagues from Royal College of Physicians, Faculty of Physician Associates, the Royal College of Anaesthetists, and universities with PA or AA courses to develop the draft pre-qualification education framework for physician associates and anaesthesia associates.

The framework sets out the learning outcomes we will expect newly qualified PAs and AAs to be able to demonstrate before they can join the register and begin practising.

The draft documents we are asking for your feedback on are:

  1. PA and AA generic and shared learning outcomes (23 pages/6,000 words)

    The outcomes document sets the expectations for a newly graduated PA or AA, focusing on professional outcomes. 

    This document helps us to maintain consistency and future flexibility as the outcomes will be reflected in each curriculum.

  2. PA curriculum (35 pages/9,000 words) and AA curriculum (60 pages/16,000 words)

    The curricula set out the high-level clinical and professional learning outcomes and the level of capability expected of a graduating PA or AA student.

    These documents are specific to each profession and combine our generic expectations with specific clinical requirements.

  3. PA registration assessment content map (16 pages/3,000 words)

    This document sets out proposals for the areas of clinical practice and associated patient presentations and conditions that may be included in the PA registration assessment when it is updated to align to the curriculum included in this framework.

    The content map is not formally part of the framework but is included here to help course providers understand what they need to teach.

If you would like to respond, please read the documents you want to give feedback on and complete the questionnaire. 

Complete the questionnaire

The questionnaire is open until 17 November 2021.

If you have any questions about this engagement, please email us at MAPs@gmc-uk.org.