Welcome to the Physician Associates (PAs) website. More information about PAs can be found on the Royal College of Physicians: Faculty of Physician Associates pages: https://www.fparcp.co.uk/about-fpa/overview.
Watch this short video by Emma Phillips, Emergency Department Physician Associate discussing the role of PAs here. You will need an Epsom and St Helier eLearning system username and password to access the video, register for an account here.
On these pages you will find the following information:
- Key contacts including the Chief Physician Associate, support for Physician Associate students and more
- Training opportunities
- Physician Associate Student
- Support networks and more
If there is anything else you would like to see on this website please contact the Library Team at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Amy Tullin, Chief Physician Associate, Emergency Department,
Katie Key, Lead Physician Associate, Emergency Department, Email: Katie.email@example.com
Dr Pauline Swift, Consultant Nephrologist, Renal Services
Associate Medical Director for Education, Research and Development and Innovation
Martina Yanga, Medical Education Manager
Local Faculty Group meetings
The Chief PA chairs three local faculty group (LFG) meetings per year for all Trust PAs. Currently these meetings are taking place virtually via MS Teams. This meeting reports into the Medical Education Committee (MEC). The LFG gives all PA attendees an opportunity to discuss and monitor the clinical, personal and professional development of all PAs working within the trust. This will involve monitoring that appraisals are taking place, appropriate pastoral support is available, assessment of competence, representation of PAs at key stakeholder trust meetings and more. All PAs are warmly invited to the next LFG meeting. The meeting date will be published soon.
Trust policies and guidelines
The Trust's policies and guidelines are available via the Trust intranet Victor. The specific policy related to PAs is the Physician Associate Governance Policy Document ESH/POL/62221 policy.
All PAs need to complete 50 hours of CPD per year (25 hours external and 25 internal). The Chief PA and Lead PAs jointly organise regular funded CPD events for all Trust PAs to help them to meet this 50 hour target.
Physician Associate Joint Trust Teaching
Physician Associate joint trust teaching takes place every Monday via MS Teams from 2pm - 3pm. The link will be emailed on a weekly basis.
The aim of the session is to provide teaching on both general and specialist topics specifically for physician associates working at Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals Trust (ESTH) and St George’s Hospitals. For further details please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Specialty and Associate Specialist (SAS) doctors and Locally Employed Doctors (LEDs) training events
Physician Associates are welcome to attend relevant SAS and LED Doctors events. Please see the SAS and LED Doctors website - training sessions (only available on the Victor Trust Intranet) at: http://www.victor.epsom-sthelier.nhs.uk/sas-doctors-and-leds
Health Education England Physician Associate – Education day
Please see the following poster for details of the Health Education England (HEE) and London Physician Associate Ambassor (PAA) supported and NHS Trust hosted PA education days: HEE Physician Associate – Education Days
London Affiliation of Physician Associates (LAPA) Continuing Professional Development opportunities
LAPA helps London based PAs with their external CPD hours by hosting monthly teach-in sessions on a variety of topics as well as yearly conferences. All teach-in events are certified for one Faculty of Physician Associates (FPA) external CPD point if watched live. All CPD events are recorded so they can be enjoyed again at a later date. Visit the LAPA CPD pages to view past and upcoming events: https://www.londonphysicianassociate.co.uk/cpd2
Kent, Surrey and Sussex School of Physician Associates (KSS) School of Physician Associates
Visit the KSS School of Physician Associates news and events page for the latest news and events relevant to PAs, universities and employers in Kent, Surrey and Sussex: https://kssschoolofpas.org/news-events/.
Royal College of Physicians (RCP): Faculty of Physician Associates
Visit the RCP: Faculty of Physician Associates continuing professional development website for the latest news and RCP events that are available to all members of the Faculty of Physician Associates and the RCP: https://www.fparcp.co.uk/professional-development/cpd.
Virtual grand rounds and hospital lectures
Please visit the Elena Power Simulation Centre website pages for more information about simulation courses.
Statutory and mandatory training
From Monday 8 March 2021 the Trust has started using MyESR to view and ensure compliance of all Statutory and Mandatory training. To find out how to access, complete and further information about your statutory and mandatory training please visit the Trust's Statutory and mandatory training (only available on the Victor Trust Intranet): http://www.victor.epsom-sthelier.nhs.uk/statutory-and-mandatory-training.
Trust training manual and the Trust training calendar and booking system
The current trust training manual is available to download here. It contains information about statutory and mandatory training, health and safety, personal development management development, policy Training, clinical staff training and more. Some of the courses in the training manual require you to book your place using the Trust's booking system. The calendar and the booking system are available here.
Library educational resources training
Please see the training pages of the Epsom and St Helier Library and Information Services for more information about electronic resources training including UpToDate and BMJ Best Practice, healthcare databases training, critical appraisal training, IT skills pathway training and more.
Library and Information Services
All physician associates have access to a well resourced library and information services. For more information please visit the library and information services pages at: https://www.epsom-sthelier.nhs.uk/lis. All resources with accompanying information can be found on the electronic resources pages here: https://www.epsom-sthelier.nhs.uk/electronic-resources.
Specific resources that may be of interest to physician associates are shown in the table below.
ESTH PA Newsletter
The latest edition of the PA Newsletter is available here: PA Newsletter Issue 2 Oct 2021
Physician Associates students
We currently host Physician Associate (PA) students from St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. A Physician Associate Student Handbook has been produced for all PA students to ensure you have an educational and enjoyable placement at Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust. It contains all the necessary information including faculty contact list, eating facilities, getting to the two main hospital sites, departmental placement information, the PA buddy-up scheme, library services and more.
You can download the most recent copy of the handbook here: Physician Associate Handbook final.pdf 1MB
Support networks and more
Freedom To Speak Up
The Trust encourages and supports all staff to raise concerns about any matter relating to patient care, patient safety or work concerns, in a confidential and safe manner. Visit the Speaking Up and Raising Concerns pages for more information.
Visit the Trust's health and wellbeing pages to support your health and wellbeing both at home and at work.
The Epsom and St Helier Charity, working with the health and wellbeing team, have secured a loan of two sleep pods from the company Restworks. These space-age looking pods are designed as a bed with a hooded privacy visor, and with the option to play pre-programmed music or a relaxation guide, were built specifically for power naps. This means that during a half hour break, you are welcome to take a break and can rejuvenate your mind and body in the midst of a busy shift, or before heading home. Contact Martina Yanga (Medical Education Manager) at email@example.com or use the Postgraduate Medical Centre electronic booking system to book your place!
Royal College of Physicians: Faculty of Physician Associates: The Faculty of Physician Associates provides professional support to physician associates across the UK. Members of the faculty are part of a professional membership body campaigning for progress and change in the profession, advising government, and taking part in national debates on medical, clinical and public health issues. The FPA reviews and sets standards for:
- the education and training of physician associates
- physician associate national certification and recertification examinations.
London Affiliation of Physician Associates (LAPA): LAPA is a network in London which supports PAs, PA students and employers. LAPA's committee consists of experienced PAs, PA Ambassadors and student representatives. LAPA provides a range of educational and networking events as well as training sessions for supervisors of PAs.
Kent Surrey and Sussex School of Physician Associates: KSS School of Physician Associates is a collaborative project which supports the development of Physician Associates across Kent, Surrey and Sussex in the UK. The school’s partners are Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, Brighton & Sussex Medical School, Canterbury Christ Church University, University of Kent and University of Surrey. The school is sponsored by Health Education England working across Kent, Surrey and Sussex.