The evlauation of the National Physician Associate Expansion Programme  

The research  


An innovative workforce programme in England sought to create opportunities for more clinicians to experience working with PAs through the recruitment of experienced American PAs for a two year period (a visa period) to work in the National Health Service (NHS).  The aim of the programme was that the experienced PAs would demonstrate the contribution they could make to patient experience, act as ambassadors for their profession and support the clinical education of the soon to be burgeoning numbers of student PAs.  The programme recruited PAs in the US in the winter of 2015/16 to commence employment with NHS hospital organisations (known as trusts) in four regions of England in the summer of 2016.  The evaluation was undertaken from 2016-2018. 


Taylor F, Halter M, Drennan VM. Understanding patients' satisfaction with physician assistant/associate encounters through communication experiences: a qualitative study in acute hospitals in England. BMC Health Serv Res. 2019 Aug 28;19(1):603. doi: 10.1186/s12913-019-4410-9.

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