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Physician Associate Studies PGDip (Full time) 2017 start

  • Overview

    Physician Associates work alongside doctors and GPs, providing medical care as an integral part of the multidisciplinary team. They are dependent practitioners working with a dedicated supervisor, but are able to work independently with appropriate support.

    The Physician Associate plays an important role in the diagnosis, treatment and management of patients. They work within a defined scope of practice and their roles and responsibilities include:

    • Take medical histories
    • Perform examinations
    • Order and interpret diagnostic tests
    • Diagnose illnesses
    • Manage patients with long term illnesses
    • Develop and deliver appropriate treatment and management plans
    • Health promotion and disease prevention advice

    Currently, Physician Associates are not able to:

    • Prescribe
    • Request X-ray/imaging examinations

    More information can be found on the Faculty of Physician Associate website http://www.fparcp.co.uk/

    More reasons to study at Leeds

    Studying at Leeds you'll be part of an award winning medical school. This programme has been carefully developed to address local demand. It will equip you for clinical practice, with early clinical exposure and cadaveric anatomy. New technologies will enhance your learning.

    You'll have close support from personal and academic tutors throughout the course, whilst also developing your independent learning and research skills.

    The Physician Associate Studies PGDip may be for you if you’re committed to working in health and social care, and have the ability and discipline to study intensively. You’ll also need to be an excellent communicator and follow NHS values.

    • We’re one of just three medical schools worldwide to hold the ASPIRE-to-Excellence award for the qualify of our assessment.
    • You'll be taught by leading professionals, whose teaching is underpinned by world-leading research.
    • Strong partnerships with the major Leeds teaching hospitals, local acute and regional general hospitals and general practices mean we offer a diverse range of placements.
    • Technology is embedded in the PG Dip Physician Associate programme and we continue to invest and innovate. Read more in Technology Enhanced Learning.
    • Our students are well supported through personal tutors, course tutors, support staff and peer mentoring.

    Working with patients

    The Physician Associate Studies programme works with patients and carers to support the teaching throughout the curriculum. This is through small group sessions in communication skills, workshops and assessments.

    More information

    After successfully completing this programme you must take the national qualifying examination (which you are prepared for throughout the course) in order to be entered on the voluntary national register (UKFPA) to practise as a Physician Associate.

    More information can be found at the Faculty of Physician Associate website http://www.fparcp.co.uk/nationalexaminations/

    The University does not cover the cost of this exam

  • Course content

    The first year of the PGDip is mainly based on campus where anatomy, physiology, pathology and therapeutics are delivered in an integrated way. You will spend 1 day a week in Primary care placement during your first year of study.

    You will complete 2 modules:

    Classroom to Clinic 1

    This module will introduce students to the attitudes, skills and knowledge requiredof a Physician Associate to enable students to deliver holistic care andtreatment within the general medical and/or the general practice team underdefined levels of clinical supervision.

    Spiralled learning, with a focus on increasing integration at a patient level and as a team member in the wider healthcare workforce provides the framework for professional behaviour underpinned by clinical knowledge. A clinical skills e-portfolio will be maintained as evidence of attainment.

    The learning outcomes will be met through both taught sessions and compulsory placements.

    Foundations of Clinical Practice 1

    This module enables you to develop the attitudes, skills and knowledge to deliver holistic careand treatment within the general medical and/or the general practice team underdefined levels of clinical supervision.

    This module provides the underpinning scientific and evidence base for practice.

    The second year builds on the first year and the there is a bigger focus on placement experience, where you undertake block rotational placements primarily in secondary care. The beginning of the second year is spent at the School of Medicine and will include a service improvement project; following this you will be on placement. The placements include: Acute medicine, general medicine, surgery, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology, long-term conditions, cancer and palliative care, care of the elderly, mental health, musculoskeletal and primary care.

    You will complete 2 modules:

    Classroom to Clinic 2

    This module builds on Classroom to Clinic 1 to enable students to develop competence, skills, knowledge and attitudes requiredof a Physician Associate to enable them to deliver holistic care and treatment within the general medical and/or the general practice team under defined levels of clinical supervision.

    Spiralled learning, with a focus on increasing integration at a patient level and as a team member in the wider healthcare workforce provides the framework for professional behaviour underpinned by clinical knowledge.

    A clinical skills e-portfolio will be maintained as evidence of attainment.

    The learning outcomes will be met through both taught sessions and compulsory placements.

    Foundations of Clinical Practice 2

    This module enables you to consolidate and further develop the attitudes, skills and knowledge to deliver holistic care and treatment within primary and secondary practice under defined levels of clinical supervision.

    This module continues the spiralled learning from the first year ofstudy, and as required to support the clinical placements described in the Competency and Curriculum Framework for Physician Associates

    Second year students will be expected to build upon knowledge from Year 1 that is of relevance to a Physician Associate and which underpins the scientific and evidence base for clinical practice.

    Patient safety is paramount and this strand of the programme is delivered over both years.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • Classroom to Clinic 1 for Physician Associates 30 credits
    • Foundation of Clinical Practice 1 for Physician Associates 30 credits

    Year 2

    Compulsory modules

    • Classroom to Clinic 2 for Physician Associates 30 credits
    • Foundation of Clinical Practice 2 for Physician Associates 30 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Physician Associate Studies PGDip in the course catalogue

    Learning and teaching

    This programme will be delivered using a blended learning approach, combining lectures, tutorials, use of online materials, skills sessions and seminars to facilitate deeper learning and allow for a range of student learning preferences.

    You’ll have access to a comprehensive range of e-learning resources. Self-assessment (under supervision) and continual assessment are also key elements of the programme.

    Our teaching is based on the NHS values in the NHS Constitution.

    Our approach to teaching and learning is founded on best educational practice and innovative delivery.

    Outstanding learning resources in our Health Sciences Library and Clinical Practice Centre support your learning. Early exposure to clinical settings allows you to start developing your consultation and practical skills, and your own style as a Physician Associate.

    You’ll be taught by leading professionals, whose teaching is underpinned by world-leading research. We’ll encourage you to develop independent learning and research skills in year 2.

    You’ll experience self-directed and group learning through the development of your e- portfolio and technology such as apps and online resources.

    Case-based learning supports you in integrating your growing knowledge with the real patients you meet.

    Inter-professional learning ensures you develop good leadership and team-working skills with other professional groups.

    We take support of our students seriously. Regular contact with your personal tutor guides your academic progress and personal development, to enable you to achieve your full potential. Course tutors and support staff are all on hand to help. You’re supported by your fellow students through a peer mentoring scheme.

    Assessment

    A range of assessments are used to test your knowledge, understanding and clinical competence, these include: project presentations, group work, written assignments, and topic area passports or portfolios that describe placement performance, attendance and professionalism. Reflective accounts of early placement experiences and discussions on topics such as ethics and patient safety issues are entered on-line to a personal Progress File. This accumulates over your years of study both in the accounts of your work and experiences, and in the feedback from tutors. Anatomy is assessed by regular MCQs (multiple choice questions)

    End of year exams include written exams and OSCEs (Objective Structured Clinical Examinations). The written exams assess core knowledge and understanding of the material taught in that year (and previously) and include multiple choice questions (MCQs), extended matching questions (EMQs). These methods of assessment are used throughout the UK in undergraduate and post-graduate medicine. They follow a single best answer (SBA) rather than true-false approach, recognising this better reflects real-life medical decisions.

    OSCEs assess core clinical skills and their application in the clinical specialties relevant to that examination, and are held both years of study. They typically involve 16 or more clinical stations that require you to demonstrate a specific skill or consult with a patient. These patients are trained actors and their views on your behaviour also feed into the assessment. To pass, candidates are required to achieve the overall pass mark, pass a minimum number of stations. Both the OSCE and written exams have criterion-based pass marks, set by examiners.


  • Applying, fees and funding

    Entry requirements

    The Physician Associate Studies programme has a considerable amount of pure and applied science and believes that it is important that our students join us with a fundamental science background in order to cope with the demands of the course. Typical entry requirements include:

    • Bachelor degree with a minimum 2:2 (hons) in health-related science or equivalent qualification. (For example- BSc Biomedical Sciences, BSc Genetics, BSc Anatomy and Human Biology, BSc Radiography)
    • We will consider alternative academic qualifications on a case-by-case basis. Upon enquiry we will explore the science content of your degree/alternative academic qualifications. We may ask for details of your course content.

    We encourage applications from candidates already working in healthcare and can demonstrate the ability to study at Masters level. This will apply to candidates who have not studied in the last 5 years.

    Ideally you should have recent experience of volunteering or employment in a healthcare setting. However we can looking for transferable skills from other similar activates, such as paid employment.

    Due to the limited biology content, a number of Nursing Degrees are not appropriate for consideration of entry onto the programme. If in doubt, please email the Admissions Team with details of the modules and content of your degree.

    If English is not your first language, you will need a recognised English Language qualification to be admitted onto the PG Dip Physician Associate programme.

    English language requirements: IETLS 7.5 overall with 7.5 in Spoken English. The language requirements are higher that the University's requirements and are specified in line with the medical undergraduate programme. The expectation is that Physician Associates will require a similar command of English.

    Health and criminal record screening

    Before starting the Physician Associate Studies programme all successful applicants will also need to pass health and criminal record screening.

    The University has a policy statement on students with criminal records. Read the current Criminal Records policy and Guidance for Applicants with Criminal Convictions in MBChB downloads on the School of Medicine website. For the vast majority of students who are resident in the UK the record will be checked via the Disclosure and Barring Service.

    For students who do not have a 5 year UK address history: The DBS check can only include background checks on your time in the UK. If you have been resident in the UK for less than 3 years, then a criminal record check from your home country is required in addition to the UK DBS check. This may be referred to as a "Certificate of Good Conduct" (CoGC), but the name varies.

    Any offer of a place to study Physician Associate Studies programme is conditional upon a satisfactory confidential occupational health assessment, which will include a health questionnaire, and if necessary further telephone consultation and/or an appointment with an occupational health clinician. Screening for serious communicable disease, (Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV, tuberculosis (TB) and a review of immunisation needs will also be arranged before beginning the programme.

    English language requirements

    IELTS 7.5 overall, with no less than 7.5 in spoken English. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

    How to apply

    Application deadline: 31st March 2017

    MMI interviews: May 9th-12th 2017

    Open day: February 10th 2017

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    If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

    Selection process

    Our selection processes – as well as our teaching – reflect the NHS core values:

    • Working together for patients
    • Respect and dignity
    • Commitment to quality of care
    • Compassion
    • Improving lives
    • Everyone counts

    Your application

    We assess your application form against academic criteria, including past and current grades. Your personal statement is an opportunity to demonstrate your research, knowledge and understanding about the role of the Physician Associate in modern healthcare. This will also help you made an informed decision about whether the Physician Associate Studies programme and the role of the Physician Associate is right for you.

    Your application must include the following:

    A Personal Statement: demonstrating your enthusiasm and aptitude required to be a successful student and Physician Associate. It is also an opportunity to provide an insight to the research you have carried out to develop your understanding of the role of the Physician Associate.

    Two references:1 academic and 1 professional/character. Please contact your two referees and obtain the references yourself. You should ask each referee to provide us with information about:

    • Your character
    • Your academic record -- in the case of referees from your University, this information should include your overall degree grade and performance in individual subjects
    • Their assessment of your suitability for the Postgraduate Diploma in Physician Associate Studies.

    Supporting material: this includes a copy of your degree certificate and official transcript, English Language results (or equivalent, such as IELTS/TOEFL results) and photo identification.

    Successful invitation to Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs)

    Multiple mini interviews, like their name suggests, are a series of interviews, which are shorter in length and spilt between a numbers of different “stations”. These are brief one-on-one miniature interviews, solving problems and taking part in a number of role-plays as opposed to answering generalised questions about themselves and their interests. The stations are designed to assess qualities that are deemed important in relation to the successful progression.

    It gives applicants the chance to demonstrate skills and qualities that are not always evident on a written application, and gives a fair chance to every applicant as they have an opportunity to demonstrate a broad range of skills.

    Skills and attributes we are looking for in the MMIs will be:

    • Compassion and empathy
    • Initiative and resilience
    • Communication skills
    • Professionalism
    • Problem solving skills
    • Team working
    • Insight

    Admissions policy

    School of Medicine Taught Postgraduate Admissions Policy

    Fees

    UK/EU: £18,000 (total)

    Read more about paying fees and charges.

    Home/EU students

    Fees are currently set at £9,000 per year of study.

    Candidates starting in 2017 will have their fees funded by Health Education Yorkshire and Humber for the 2 years. Currently there is no confirmation for bursary or additional funding.

    We are currently not accepting applications from international students


    Additional cost information

    For the Physician Associate Studies progrmme you will need to purchase books and equipment, such as white coats, stethoscopes and pass cards. You will also have to meet some travel costs whilst on placement. Placements will be throughout the Yorkshire region.

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

    To be registered on the managed voluntary register as a Physician Associate you need to pass the national qualifying exam after you have gained the Physician Associate Studies programme. This exam is not part of this programme and the cost of the exam is not included in your course fees. Find out more at the Faculty of Physician Associates website.

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

    Scholarships and financial support

    If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.  Find out more at Masters funding overview.

  • Career opportunities

    After qualifying as a Physician Associate you can expect a starting salary of Band 6 or 7 in the NHS Agenda for Change pay rates. You will be part of a new and rapidly growing UK profession, supported by the NHS and the Department of Health, and will follow a career path with proven success in the United States.

    As a graduate Physician Associate you will help to increase the numbers of the medical workforce and increase access to quality care for patients. You will act in an enabling role, helping to reduce the healthcare team’s workload. You will bring new talent to the NHS and add to the skill mix within the teams.

    While trainee doctors and surgeons rotate through different specialties, Physician Associates offer continuity of care for patients, as well as institutional memory for the team in which they work. Physician Associate support also provides cover so that trainee doctors and surgeons can attend training, clinic or theatre.

    In the future Physician Associates may become a regulated profession and there is currently a Faculty of Physician Associates at the Royal College of Physicians.

    Careers support

    The Physician Associate Studies Admissions Team will host a careers fair in the second year that prospective employers are invited to attend.

    We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

    The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.