The South East School of Physician Associates is a collaborative project which supports the development of Physician Associates across Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Thames Valley and Wessex in the UK.

The South East School is sponsored by NHS England.

What is a Physician Associate?

A Physician Associate (PA) is a dependent healthcare professional who is trained to the medical model and works under the supervision of a Consultant or GP.

Training to be a PA

Postgraduate training courses are intensive full time, two year programmes delivered over at least 45 weeks per year. Entrants are typically biomedical/life science graduates with the minimum of a 2:1 degree. There is also an undergraduate pathway with an integrated masters over 4 years.

CPD for PAs

Physician Associates undertake continued professional development to remain up to date, enhancing and developing their skills to continue working as a safe practitioner and improve standards of care.

Recruiting PAs

If your organisation is based within Thames Valley, Wessex, Kent, Surrey or Sussex and you are considering employing a PA, please click for further information.

Latest News

Research Fellowship 2024

The Research Fellowship at SESPA is starting this September 2024.  Applications are open to all PAs working permanently in the South East region until 6th June 2024. This fellowship will compromise of a 1-day secondment (Thursday or Friday) to the South East School of...

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SESPA Annual Conference – Friday 3rd November 2023

FRIDAY 3RD NOVEMBER 2023 We are excited to host our Annual SESPA CPD conference to provide you with opportunities for educational development and networking. This event is £20 per PA Refreshments and lunch are included. F2F MEETING: Guildford Harbour Hotel & Spa 3...

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