The University Hospitals Birmingham, the University of Birmingham and the UK Association of PAs are holding a major conference in Birmingham on Tuesday the 11th of March 2014 : 'PAs and the 21st century NHS workforce.'

Thursday 17th May
08.30 Coffee and Registration
09.00 Welcome
Dame Julie Moore, CE of the University Hospitals Birmingham
09.10 Miss Teresa Dowsing, President of the UK Association of PAs
'PAs: who they are and what they do'
09.30 Sir Richard Thompson, President of the Royal College of Physicians, London
'PAs in the Future Hospital’  
09.50 Professor Peter Kopelman, Principal of St George's, University of London
'Training Physician Associates for the NHS - 6 years of challenge, opportunities and success'
10.20 Professor Wendy Reid, Medical Director, Health Education England
'PAs - an undiscovered workforce’
10.40 Refreshments
11.10 Dr Aileen Keel, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Scottish Government
'PAs: The Scottish experience and the urgent need for statutory regulation'
11.30 Professor Jim Parle, Chair of the UK and Ireland Universities Board for PA Education
'PAs: establishing standards nationally and internationally through certification and re-certification’  
11.50 Professor Liz Hughes, Director of Education and Quality at Health Education West Midlands
'Physician Associates: Delivering the workforce'
12.10 Mr Tim Jones, Executive Director of Delivery, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
'PAs: the employers' perspective'
12.30 Lunch
13.30 Discussions groups:
  • International perspectiveProfessor Peter Brooks (Professorial Fellow – Centre for Health Policy, School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne) & Professor Ruth Ballweg, (Director of MEDEX PA programme, Seattle, USA and international liaison for the National Commission on Certification for Physician Assistants)
  • Paediatrics - Dr Jonathan Round (consultant paediatrician, SCIBU, St. George’s London), & Alex Crisp (PA on the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at St George's London) 
  • Elderly Care/ geriatricsTeresa Dowsing PA-R, President of UKAPA (PA in Care of the Elderly, George Eliot hospital, Nuneaton) & Dr McInnes (consultant geriatrician, George Eliot hospital, Nuneaton) 
  • Trauma and orthopaedicsMr Alberto Gregori (consultant orthopaedic surgeon, Hairmyres hospital, Lanarkshire) and Mr Adam Brooks(consultant orthopaedic surgeon, Great Western hospital, Swindon); Shane Apperley PA-R, (PA in T&O, Great Western Hospital, Swindon)
  • Mental healthReb Kean PA-R (PA in mental health, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Care Foundation Trust) & Dr Mosun Fapohunda (Consultant Psychiatrist Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Care Foundation Trust)
  • ED/A&EDr Trish O'Connor, A&E consultant (Hairmyres, Lanarkshire) & Dr Colin Holburn, Clinical lead Emergency Medicine SWBH (Chair Training Standards Committee College of Emergency Medicine) & Kirsten Gipsen PA-C/R (PA in A&E at City Hospital, Birmingham) & David Kuhn, PA-C (Advisor on PA education to Aberdeen and University of Birmingham PA courses) 
  • Acute medicine/ acute medical admissionsAlex Curran (PA-R and PA of the Year, University Hospitals Birmingham Medical Admissions Unit) & Dr Vinay Reddy (Consultant in Acute Medicine and Clinical Service Lead for Clinical Decisions Unit UHB) 
  • Surgery - Kate Bascombe PA-R (ENT St. George's London) & Natasha O'Hagan PA-R (PA in breast surgery) 
  • GPDr David Hamilton (GP in Sandwell, West Birmingham) & Emma Lomas (PA in general practice, Sandwell, West Birmingham 
  • UniversitiesKaren Roberts PA-C/R (PA Course Director at St George’s London) & Professor James Mclay (PA Course Director at University of Aberdeen and consultant clinical pharmacologist)
  • HR/employment/ commissioning – Simon Shemilt, (Grampian Health Board), Rachel Williams (Leicester Royal Infirmary), Kay Farmer (George Eliot Hospital, Nuneaton), Brenda Jumi (City Hospital, Birmingham)    
15.30 Refreshments
16.00 Plenary panel chaired by Professor Phil Begg, University Hospitals Birmingham 
17.00 Close

Programme subject to change.