Promoting role redesign using the standards and guidance for role redesign in the NHS in Wales
Role redesign supports service design and re-design and can help meet increasing demand. It includes the creation of new roles and reshaping existing roles to ensure resources are used appropriately, staff fulfil their scope of practice and service users receive optimum care.
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.