Staffordshire Physician Associate Internship

Staffordshire Physician Associate Internship

Howbeck Healthcare is extremely proud to be providing the project management support for the Staffordshire Physician Associate Internship initiated and developed within the North Staffordshire GP Federation.  This locally developed internship for Physician Associates (PA) works across primary and secondary care, to determine whether a new model of workforce and skill mix is both sustainable and clinically effective.

This programme was developed to appoint 12 Physician Associates (PAs) offering a 1-year internship working across primary and secondary to offer solutions to the local and national GP workforce issues and to offer the best patient care across Staffordshire. 

As one of the first Physician Associate Internships to offer this structured programme of work, this is being closely observed and informing national workforce planning for roll out nationally.  We are extremely proud that the RCGP are in the process of endorsing the Staffordshire Physician Associate Programme.  

Project Funding

£360,289 (NHSE & HEE)

Project Implementation

First cohort of PAs commenced on the 2nd October 2017 and the second cohort commenced on the 26th February 2018.

Practices in the Project

North Staffordshire Practices

Moorcroft Medical Centre
Wolstanton Medical Practice
Goldenhill Medical Centre
Five Towns/Middleport Medical Centre
Audley Health Centre
Biddulph Valley Surgery
Milehouse Medical Centre
Lucie Wedgwood Practice
Five Towns Medical Centre
Silverdale Medical Practice

South Staffordshire Practices

Penkridge Medical Centre
Norton Canes Health Centre
All Saints Medical Centre
Colliery Surgery
Aelfgar Surgery
Stafford Health and Wellbeing
Heathview Medical Centre
Darwin Medical Centre


Contribution to the High Impact Changes (HICs)

This project contributes to the following HICs:

  • HIC 4. Developing the Team
  • HIC 7 Partnership Working

Examples of how practices have used the project

  • Helping to sustain primary care;
  • Increasing the medical workforce numbers in primary care;
  • Attracting new workforce to our local health economy
  • Adding skill mix, with standardised minimum expertise, within primary care;
  • Act in an enabling role, helping to reduce the primary care healthcare team’s workload;
  • Bring new talent to the NHS