This programme supports the modernisation of the NHS Wales workforce by promoting the use of the established standards for role redesign and encouraging the development of new workforce solutions for areas of staffing under pressure.
The Workforce Education and Development Services (WEDS) produced eight standards for role redesign in the NHS in Wales and these standards have been endorsed by Health Inspectorate Wales.
The physician associate is trained in the medical model and works under the supervision of a doctor. They are currently an unregulated workforce, however, there is a voluntary register on which they can be included when qualified.
Physician associates can work in almost every area of healthcare including primary care, secondary, and tertiary care.