Physician associates (PAs) and anaesthesia associates (AAs) cannot currently prescribe. Prescribing responsibilities aren’t included in the legislation that will bring in regulation. Additional legislation will be required.

While this isn’t our decision, we are contributing to a DHSC working group on prescribing for PAs and AAs, alongside the Faculty of Physician Associates (FPA), the Association of Anaesthesia Associates (AAA) and others. We’ve set out some principles and expectations, including around patient safety, education, and assessment.

We understand the importance of future prescribing to the PA and AA professions. Statutory regulation needs to be implemented before prescribing responsibilities can be extended to PAs and AAs. We’ll continue to work closely with DHSC and others to progress this as quickly as possible.