Physician Associates programme takes shape

Posted on Monday 20th March 2017

The University was delighted to welcome the President of the Royal College of Physicians, Professor Jane Dacre, and the President of the Faculty of Physician Associates , Jeannie Watkins, on campus last week.

Vice Chancellor Professor George E Holmes DL met with Professor Jane Dacre and Jeannie Watkins to discuss the development of the Physician Associates programme at the University of Bolton.

The Physician’s Associate role is growing within the NHS and is linked to the government and Health Education England’s initiative to build a capable health and social care workforce for today and the future.

The School of Health and Human Sciences has responded to local employer requirements and is working collaboratively with key physicians from Royal Bolton Hospital to develop the MSc in Physician Associates.

The meeting was an opportunity to ensure the programme meets the Royal College of Physicians requirements, to showcase the University’s healthcare provisions and highlight the exciting developments taking place at the institution.

Jane Dacre was elected President of the RCP in 2014 and is an honorary Consultant Physician and Rheumatologist at the Whittington Hospital in north London. She is also Professor of Medical Education, and Director of UCL Medical School in London.

Jeannie Watkins was elected the President of the Faculty of Physician Associates in 2016, which holds the Physician Associate Managed Voluntary Register. She is also currently chair of the exam sub-committee at the FPA, and sits on the UK and Ireland Universities Board for PA Education.

Following the meeting the group had an opportunity to meet with Labour’s Mayor of Manchester candidate, Andy Burnham, to discuss the future of healthcare in the region.

Andy Burnham served as Secretary of State for Health under Gordon Brown between 2009 and 2010 and as Shadow Secretary of State for Health from 2011 to 2015.