**** Staffordshire Physician Associate Internship – International Forum, Copenhagen, April 2020 ****
We are pleased to hear that the Staffordshire Physician Associate Internship Programme(led by North Staffordshire GP Federation and project managed by Lucy Minshull at Howbeck Healthcare), continues in the International spotlight. The key findings from the evaluation of the Staffordshire Physician Associate Internship have been accepted for a poster presentation at the International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare in Copenhagen in April 2020.
Dr Lizzie Cottrell, a local GP at Wolstanton Medical Centre and the lead evaluator, is delighted as this is an important and hot topic in primary care at the moment. Physician Associates are not as established in some parts of Europe, so it is excellent to spread the news internationally about what we are learning about Physician Associates in primary care and to keep the successful Staffordshire Physician Associate Internship programme in the spotlight.
We have supported one of our GP Federations in Staffordshire to deliver the first of its kind in the country, the Staffordshire Physician Associate Internship to support the shortage of GPs. The uniqueness of the internship is it offers PAs to work across both primary and secondary care with a half day teaching session each week. 19 PAs have undertaken the internship, with the majority of PAs completing the internship offered full time positions in primary care.
The successes to date has been remarkable: RCGP endorsement; HSJ Values Award Finalist 2019; International paper submitted to WONCA (World Organisation for National Colleges and Academies for Global family doctors) for consideration and visits from national leaders and organisations from across the country.
Howbeck are sponsoring the first ever, Physician Associate in Primary Care Conference on the 13th June 2019 – 12.30 pm – 4.45pm at Keele University, in Staffordshire. Places are limited. To book please download the Physician Associate in Primary Care Conference Poster
Download a copy of the Who are Physician Associates? information booklet.
Howbeck Healthcare are providing One Wight Health Ltd (The Isle of Wight GP Federation) with professional advice and support on its future organisational form and structure to ensure it is robust and resilient to provide services to its population. Members of the team have also provided expert advice to help secure funding to support the recruitment and retention of GPs on the Isle of Wight, drawing on knowledge and experience of implementing initiatives such as Clinical Pharmacists in Primary Care for other Federations.