Continuous Professional Development for PAsAll physician associates are required to undertake Continued Professional Development (CPD) to remain up to date, enhancing and developing their skills to continue working as a safe practitioner and improve standards of care.
There is an annual minimum requirement of 25 hours of Type 1 (external) CPD. This could be gained, for example, from attending the FPA Annual Conference, the RCP Conference, specific conferences linked to the PA’s specialty, or standardised courses such as ALERT, ALS and ILS.
The remaining 25 hours of Type 2 (internal or personal) CPD can be gained, for example, from teaching students, undertaking clinical audits, reading journal articles and writing a reflective blog.
The breadth of CPD gained should be wider than the specialty in which the PA works in order to gain a broad educational and professional experience. It should also allow the PA to maintain their generalist knowledge and scope.
For more information visit the Faculty of Physician Associates website:
Recommended Training Courses
Below you will find news and events for PAs, PA students, PA educators, supervisors or employers. If you organising an event that may be of interest to any of the above, then please contact the SESPA team and we can advertise in this space:
In order to meet yearly CPD requirements it is recommended that physician associates plan ahead in terms of booking leave and external courses. There are an increasing number of conferences and specialist societies offering discounted rates on conference fees for PAs, so it is worth contacting conference organisers to ask.
Brighton and Sussex Medical School
Visit their website for more information https://www.bsms.ac.uk/index.aspx
Faculty of Physician Associates events at the Royal College of Physicians
The Faculty of Physician Associates at the Royal College of Physicians runs a yearly clinically focussed conference which offers 12 hours of Type 1 CPD. It is a great opportunity to network as well as refresh areas of clinical practice that may not be in daily use.
Find out more from the FPA website https://www.fparcp.co.uk/professional-development/cpd
In addition the Royal College of Physicians has an excellent selection of CPD activities open to Physician Associates.
For more information see the CPD section of the RCP website https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/education-practice/courses/training-physician-associates
The Society for Acute Medicine
The British Geriatrics Society
The A&E survival course for doctors and ENPs (open to Physician Associates)
Each one-day course provides a structured approach to interpreting radiographs obtained in the Emergency Department. The teaching program is based on short lectures, teaching quizzes at individual workstations and interactive tutorials.