MSc Physician Associate Studies

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Physician Associates will play a vital role in the future of the NHS, improving the lives of thousands of patients. Once qualified, you'll be set for a career as a versatile, dynamic healthcare professional. Working under the supervision of a doctor, you'll be in constant contact with patients, making a difference where it counts.

Become a Physician Associate and be part of the UK's most innovative healthcare profession - Physician Associates will play a vital role in the future of the NHS, improving the lives of thousands of patients.

Once qualified, you’ll be set for a career as a versatile, dynamic healthcare professional. Working under the supervision of a doctor, you’ll be in constant contact with patients, making a difference where it counts.

Overview

Choose a medical school with a reputation for pioneering teaching and research

  • Join a medical school ranked 1st in the UK for clinical skills preparedness
  • Graduate ready to work in any healthcare environment
  • Benefit from the greater experience, and a fuller understanding of your patients and future employers, that comes from studying at MSc level
  • Learn to work with other specialists as part of a high-performing clinical team
  • Enjoy clinical placements that are carefully tailored to be meaningful and rewarding to you, thanks to our strong relationships with local healthcare providers
  • Our first-class facilities includes the Bob Champion Research and Education Centre and a bespoke Anatomy Suite. We are also located next to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital on the Norwich Research Park.

Is this course for me?

If you hold a good honours (2:1 or above) in biological sciences, particularly biomedical or human biology and are considering a career in healthcare this could be the perfect route for you. You’ll be part of an intelligent, hard-working and caring team at UEA. And you’ll progress with excellent career prospects within a local trust where patients are at the heart of what you do.

The Physician Associate – the complete healthcare professional

The Physician Associate is as an indispensible new figure in the structure of UK healthcare. You will support both doctors and patients by providing diagnostic and therapeutic treatment, developing care management strategies, and working with patients’ families.

Being a Physician Associate can mean greater contact time with patients, giving you more responsibility for their experience. Working under supervision of doctors, Physician Associates are present in every aspect of healthcare. At UEA, you will develop the versatility to become the complete healthcare professional.

Your career as a Physician Associate

This course was created as a direct response to new healthcare job opportunities in Norfolk and Suffolk. These opportunities are with local acute hospitals, who have partnered with us to develop the programme including: Ipswich Hospital, James Paget University Hospital, The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn and West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trusts. In other words, the course has been created with your future in mind. Not only this, but the work of Physician Associates is on the increase across the NHS, with recognition from the Royal College of Physicians.

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Course Modules 2017/8

Students must study the following modules for 60 credits:

Name Code Credits

Foundation skills for Physician's Associates

This module is about preparing students to study to become PAs. It will equip students with the competence and confidence to practice their basic clinical skills in the workplace which will allow them to efficiently utilise and build on their workplace learning during the remaining course. There will also be knowledge based lectures covering background clinical science and social science as well as some learning theory and aspects of law, ethics and professionalism. Following formative assessment opportunities in the skills laboratory students will be encouraged to practice basic procedural skills in the work place under supervision. Once they have had 2 observed work-place summative assessments for each skill they will be eligible to receive a certificate which allows them to deliver these skills without direct supervision at a physician's assistant (NOT associate) level of practice.

MED-7000E

30

GENERAL MEDICINE

This module provides the background learning for the majority of the general medical specialities including cardiology, respiratory, gastroenterology, renal and diabetes as well as geriatric medicine. Clinical placements provide an opportunity to reinforce campus learning and develop and build on clinic skills learnt in module 1. Students who have not yet completed all their summative work based assessments of procedural skills will have further opportunity to demonstrate competence.

MED-7001F

30

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

EMERGENCY MEDICINE (ADULT and CHILD)

This module they will be exposed to healthcare for children for the first time and they will have a second (senior) exposure to the adult acute admitting services. It is expected that these senior students will, under appropriate supervision, play more active role in delivery of health care and be fully integrated into the clinical team. At the end of this module there is a written and practical skills (OSCE) examination which is blueprinted across the whole 2 year course. Satisfactory performance in these two assessments will be a pre-requisite for sitting the national UKAPA examination http://www.ukiubpae.sgul.ac.uk/the-national-examination-and-re-certification. Once the national exam has been passed graduates are eligible for inclusion on the National Managed Voluntary Register of PAs

MED-7004X

30

MENTAL HEALTH AND COMMUNITY

This placement gives students experience of medical care outside of hospital and of mental health care. They will learn about the NHS and the different roles health care professionals play in the wider community.

MED-7003E

30

STUDENT SELECTED PLACEMENT WITH HEALTH IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

This module provides the opportunity for students to study one area that interests them in greater depth. The module will also allow them to demonstrate higher academic skills including analysis of evidence as well as planning and organisation. Students will present their projects verbally about 1 month before the end of the module and the feedback they receive will help them with their final write-up. The summative assessment of this module is by way of a written dissertation.

MED-7005X

30

SURGERY

This module provides the background learning for the major surgical specialities including gastroenterological, orthopaedic, urological surgery as well as obstetrics and gynaecology. Clinical placements provide an opportunity to reinforce campus learning and develop and build on clinical skills learnt in modules 1 and 2. Students who have not yet completed all their summative work based assessments of procedural skills will have further opportunity to demonstrate competence which must be done by the end of this module. Written and practical OSCE examinations at the end of module 3 are blueprinted across the first year (modules 1-3) of the course and determine that students have made sufficient progress to move to year 2 of the course.

MED-7002D

30

Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

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Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject Life Science or Health-related discipline
  • Degree Classification Minimum 2:1 or equivalent (honours)
  • Special Entry Requirements Applicants will normally have 3 A-levels at grade C or above, including at least one science subject.

Interviews

Applications have now closed for January 2018 entry.  

Telephone / Skype interviews are not possible for this course.

Special Entry Requirements

Applicants are required to submit two references with their application - one related to their most recent Academic study, while the other may be a professional reference.

Academic study should have been completed within the last 5 years.

Intakes

The start date for the course is January each year. There is no September intake.

Applications are now closed for January 2018 entry.  Applicants may apply for January 2019 entry.  

Application Deadline

Early applications are strongly encouraged for this course.  This must include all relevant supporting documents and references.

Fees and Funding

Fees for the academic year 2017/18 (January 2018 start) are:

  • UK/EU students: £9,200 per year.  

This course is not suitable for international students.

PLEASE NOTE – it has been confirmed that students starting this course in January 2018 will receive bursary support from Health Education East of England (HEEoE), amounting to £6500 per annum. 

How to Apply

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University. Please click here to apply online.

Further Information

To request further information & to be kept up to date with news & events please use our online enquiry form.

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

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