This programme is intended for existing health care practitioners or graduates with a science background who wish to work as part of the anaesthetic team.
The programme will develop a practitioner role that enables the anaesthesia team to have more staff working differently. Presently in the UK only doctors who have had specialist training in anaesthesia can administer anaesthetics. The PA(A) is a health professional who will expand the anaesthetic service and make operating theatres work more efficiently. You will work alongside other members of the anaesthetic team and under the supervision of your anaesthetist.
Students who have satisfactorily completed the 120 taught credits of the Postgraduate Diploma: Physicians’ Assistant (Anaesthesia) will have the option of transferring to the Physicians’ Assistant (Anaesthesia) MSc Programme. Award of the MSc will require the completion of an additional 60 credit Dissertation module, which would take the form of a research project of their own choosing. The MSc is self funded costing £1980 in 2014/2015 (subject to change each year).
For further information about the role of PA(A)s, training and entry requirements please visit the Royal College of Anaesthetists website: www.rcoa.ac.uk
School of Clinical and Experimental Medicine website: www.clinexpmed.bham.ac.uk
Although they have very similar names the Physicians' Assistant (Anaesthesia) and the Physician Associate programme are very different programmes. If you are interested in joining the Physician Associate Postgraduate Diploma please visit the web pages for more information.
Fees and funding
This programme is part of a structured training programme for the role of Physicians' Assistant (Anaesthesia) or PA(A). It is fully funded by the individual NHS Trust that supports PA(A) training.
The course fees are £4140 per student per year which are funded through the NHS Trust. This includes:
On-line tutorial plans
On-line electronic lectures
On-line Canvas discussion boards
Academic tutor support
8-month MCQ Exam
24-month MCQ Exam
Support for clinical tutors
Note to the NHS Trusts: It is advisable for Trusts to plan for some additional travel costs both for attendance at mock examinations, simulation training days and final examinations.
The programme is open to applicants from two different routes:
1. Registered health care practitioners (eg, nurses, operating department practitioners) require one or both of the following:
At least three years’ full-time, post-qualification work experience in a relevant area, and evidence of recent (within three years) and successful academic activity
A first degree in a health-related subject
2. New entrants to health care (graduates or graduate equivalent) require:
A biomedical science or biological science background
Preferably a second-class Honours degree or better, or other evidence of recent and successful academic activity
A demonstrable commitment to a career in health care
Learn more about entry requirements
How to apply
The promotion of the course is carried out through the individual NHS Trusts that support Physicians' Assistant (Anaesthesia) training. Places are advertised on NHS Jobs (www.jobs.nhs.uk) and students apply directly to that Trust. Applications are individually assessed by the Trust and the University. Shortlisted applicants are interviewed by a Trust panel which includes consultant anaesthetists.
Students are and remain employees of the Trust throughout the 27 months of the programme and students whose employment with the Trust ceases are required to withdraw from the programme.