Physician/GP associates

What is a physician associate?

Physician associates (PAs) are healthcare professionals with a generalist medical education, who work alongside doctors, physicians, GPs and surgeons providing medical care as an integral part of the multidisciplinary team. Physician associates are dependent practitioners working with a dedicated supervisor, but are able to work autonomously with appropriate support.

What do physician associates do? Physician associates work within a defined scope of practice and limits of competence.

They can:

  • take medical histories from patients
  • carry out physical examinations
  • see patients with undifferentiated diagnoses
  • see patients with long-term chronic conditions
  • formulate differential diagnoses and management plans
  • perform diagnostic and therapeutic procedures
  • develop and deliver appropriate treatment and management plans
  • request and interpret diagnostic studies (except those involving ionising radiation)
  • provide health promotion and disease prevention advice for patients

Physician associates are not able to:

  • prescribe
  • request ionising radiation (eg chest X-ray or CT scan)
  • provide care or treatments to patients in an unsupervised setting.

Deborah Mabulu

Joined 2019

Available: Monday – Thursday

Communication skills: understands spoken Lingala

Clinical interests: women’s health

Fatima Mujeeb (f)

Joined 2022

Available: Tuesday – Friday

Communications skills: understands spoken Urdu

Clinical interests: respiratory medicine