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Apprenticeship training course

Physician associate - integrated degree (level 7)

Working alongside registered doctors providing medical care as an integral part of a wider healthcare team.

Qualification level
Equivalent to master’s degree.
Typical duration
30 months
Apprenticeship category
Health and science
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Interpret the findings from a patient centred consultation and assess the need for further investigation, patient management and referral
  • Formulate a diagnosis based on complex objective and subjective data
  • Apply specialised clinical decision making techniques to select a diagnosis based on the available insight
  • Critically evaluate and justify clinical decisions in cases with complex needs that involve many interacting factors
  • Consult with your dedicated medical supervisor to inform clinical decision making where required
  • Perform an extensive range of specialised procedural skills
  • Perform specialised clinical procedures using knowledge of the complex indications, contraindications, complications and techniques
  • Critically evaluate and assess changes in a patient’s condition and adapt patient management strategies/treatment within a timeframe suitable to the changing conditions
  • Determine and implement appropriate specialised therapeutic interventions and/or prescriptions using clinical decision making techniques and medical judgement
  • Formulate and implement a management plan with the patient, carers and healthcare professionals that takes into account complex interacting factors
  •  Build and sustain a clinician-patient relationship to foster informed patient choice and negotiated care decisions
  • Communicate and engage effectively with all patients and carers regardless of age, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, social class, disability etc
  • Actively involve patients and carers in their care and support them in managing their own health, wellbeing and illness
  • Provide health promotion and disease prevention advice to patients and carers
  • Design, implement and critically evaluate specialised assessment and observation techniques, and apply medical judgement across the patients’ life span
  • Escalate matters to a senior doctor when a clinical situation is outside the boundaries of clinical competence for the role
  • Manage the safety of patients, carers and other individuals through safeguarding and management of risk
  •  Assess own learning needs and engage in self-directed learning to review and improve medical practice within the scope of the role
  • Work collaboratively to evaluate and meet the learning and development needs of other health professionals
  • Act as a role model and mentor
  • Produce clear, legible and contemporaneous records regarding patient consultations and all aspects of clinical and non-clinical work
  • Complete patient records and justify the management plan and outcomes of the clinical decision making process(es)
  • Adhere to all aspects of information governance requirements
  • Perform specialised medically based assessments to inform the development of an individual medical management plan
  • Design and deliver patient centred consultations which enable the patient and carers to express their concerns, expectations and understanding
  • Take, and critically evaluate, a patient history relevant to the clinical situation and apply this insight to assessing complex interacting psychological and social factors
  • Perform the full range of evidence based examinations and assessments tailored to the demands of the clinical situation

Full information on Physician associate - integrated degree (level 7) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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