PA-SCER 

Physician Associate Research in  Secondary Care in England 

An NIHR funded study 

Welcome to our study site

PA-SCER is a research study investigating the contribution that Physician Associates make to secondary care health services in England.
 

The study Investigating the contribution of physician associates (Physician associates) to secondary care in England: a mixed methods study is funded by the National Institute of Health Service Research (NIHR) from 2015 – 2018 . 


The final report is now under peer review with the funders (April 2018). Further updates on publication date will be provided shortly.

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The research questions 

1.What is the extent of the adoption and deployment of PAs employed in hospital medical services?

2.What factors support or inhibit the inclusion of PAs as part of hospital medical teams at the macro, meso and micro level of the English health care system?

3.What is the impact of including PAs in hospital medical teams on the patients’ experience and outcomes? 

4.What is the impact of including PAs in hospital medical teams on the organisation of services, working practices and training of other professionals, relationships between professionals and the service costs?


Our latest publications 


Halter M, Wheeler C, Pelone F, Gage H, Lusignan S, Frost-Bridges E, Parle JV, Grant R, Gabe J, Nice L. The contribution of physician assistants/associates to secondary care: a systematic review. BMJ Open. 2018 accepted in press Mar 14.

Halter, M., Wheeler, C., Drennan, V.M., de Lusignan, S., Grant, R., Gabe, J., Gage, H., Ennis, J. and Parle, J., 2017. Physician associates in England's hospitals: a survey of medical directors exploring current usage and factors affecting recruitment.Clinical Medicine, 17(2), pp.126-131.


Wheeler, C., Halter, M., Drennan, V.M., de Lusignan, S., Grant, R., Gabe, J., Gage, H., Begg, P., Ennis, J. and Parle, J., 2017. Physician associates working in secondary care teams in England: Interprofessional implications from a national survey. Journal of interprofessional care, 31(6), pp.774-776.


Acknowledgment and disclaimer 


The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is funded through the Department of Health to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research.  

The study is called Health Services & Delivery Research (HS& DR) Programme Project: 14/19/26 - Investigating the contribution of physician associates (Physician associates) to secondary care in England: a mixed methods study. This is independent research funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). 

The views and opinions expressed by the research team on this website are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the NHS, the NIHR, NETSCC, the HS&DR Programme or the Department of Health . 


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