What will regulation look like

In many ways, how we regulate PAs and AAs will be similar to how we regulate doctors. There will be policies and processes that cover:

  • registration
  • professional guidance
  • education
  • fitness to practise.

Our regulatory framework will be proportionate, reflecting the size of the professions, their roles and responsibilities, and the fact they are dependent practitioners.

Once regulation starts, all PAs and AAs will have to join our register to be able to practise in the UK. Those who are already qualified and/or practising in the UK will have up to two years to gain registration. Find out more about our registration and transition arrangements.

We’re currently engaging with stakeholders to develop our approach to professional standards and guidance for PAs and AAs. We’ve written to universities who deliver PA and AA education to explain how we will quality assure their courses in future, and we’re working with the Faculty of Physician Associates and the Royal College of Anaesthetists, to update the existing national curricula. We’re also in the process of developing our fitness to practise rules for PAs and AAs, which we’ll consult on in 2021. 

More details of our policies and processes will be added to this guide in the coming months.