In 2023 the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) opened a consultation on the regulation of Physician Associates (PAs) by the General Medical Council (GMC).
The College responded to the consultation as requested.
At the September 2023 RCEM Executive Meeting, the College agreed to the formation of a short life working group (SLWG) to establish what the role of Emergency Medicine Physician Associates, as well as any necessary training and training pathways, could be.
The College will update on this work once it has been concluded.
No decisions about the future potential role of PAs in emergency medicine has been made by RCEM.
Update 7 Feb 2024:
All the members of the SLWG have now been recruited, and an initial meeting is being arranged.
Further updates will be made in due course.