Bringing physician associates and anaesthesia associates into regulation

This guide provides an overview of our work to bring physician associates and anaesthesia associates into regulation. We’ll continue to update this as the programme develops.

In July 2019, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), with the support of the four UK governments, asked us to regulate physician associates (PAs) and anaesthesia associates (AAs).

We’re pleased to support the development of these valuable professionals, recognising the important role they play in the medical workforce. Regulation will help to increase the contribution PAs and AAs can make to UK healthcare, while keeping patients safe.

New legislation is needed before regulation can start. We understand this is likely to be introduced along a timetable that means regulation can begin in summer 2023 at the earliest. We’re now designing the processes and policies needed to regulate PAs and AAs. The UK government is funding all set-up costs and we won’t use doctors’ fees to cover this work. 

How can I get involved?

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