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Rank: 69 (TCUG)
Location: Main Site
Study mode full-time
Start Date: 2019/09/23
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This course is full for 2019 entry.
This programme is suitable for graduates from life sciences or health courses and is designed to prepare students to enter the professional role of Physician Associate (PA). The Physician Associate role is an emerging role within the NHS and is defined as someone who is:
"A collaborative healthcare professional with a generalist medical education, who works alongside doctors, providing medical care as an integral part of the multidisciplinary team. Physician Associates are dependent practitioners working under medical supervision, but who are able to work autonomously with appropriate support."
(The UK Physician Associate Curriculum and Programme Standards, FPA 2018)
Physician Associates are trained to recognise, diagnose and manage common conditions under the supervision of a doctor. Physician Associates can work in a wide range of general and specialised areas of clinical practice within both primary and secondary care settings, and across integrated care pathways.
The programme is intensive. It is delivered over two years and leads to the award of a professional Master’s degree. Students are expected to attend full time for 45 weeks of each year, with approximately 50% of this time spent on clinical placement in local hospitals and GP practices. Students graduating with a Master of Physician Associate Studies are eligible to sit the National Examinations, which must be passed in order to practice as a Physician Associate.
The requirements of a competent Physician Associate are not just based on theoretical knowledge and practical skills. Newly qualified Physician Associates need to be reflective practitioners with appropriate professional attitudes and attributes, able to critically reflect on their practice at a personal and organisational level and have the confidence and ability to instigate change.
The Master's academic component of this course is focused on achieving the competencies required of a graduate PA and provides the challenges of enhanced knowledge synthesis, audit and service improvement to produce academic Physician Associates with the ability to lead and develop the profession.
Physician Associates are not currently but are soon expected to become a regulated profession. Our Physician Associate course is designed to meet the UK Physician Associate curriculum and programme standards in preparation for achieving regulatory body accreditation in the near future.
Fully-integrated two-year professional Master's course
Early exposure to clinical practice with a longitudinal GP placement beginning in week 7 of the first year
A range of primary and secondary care placements in the diversely-populated Bradford district and across the Yorkshire area
A focus on patient safety and improving quality of care delivered in collaboration with expert researchers from NIHR Yorkshire and Humber Patient Safety Translational Research Centre
Opportunity to be actively involved in development, innovation and research of service provision
- Part of a university that has a long established and successful history in Health Professions education and that supports new and innovative ways of improving health and health care delivery
Please see the University of Bradford website for full entry requirement details.
IELTS: 6.0 (with no sub-test less than 5.5)
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About this university
Students travel from around 130 different countries to study at Bradford and there are an average of 70 different languages spoken. The university has an International Office who are the first port of call for international students and are available to help with matters such as visas and immigration as well as English language support for those to whom English isnâ€™t a main language. They can also assist with accommodation in and around the university, though if applied in time, international students are guaranteed a place. The website also contains country-specific information for those considering applying to the university. All students are automatically a member of the University of Bradfordâ€™s Students Union (UBU). The union also operates a shop, bars and advice services as well as a radio station, a cinema, a newspaper and a range of entertainment facilities. It is based in the new Student Central building on the main city campus. There are a wide range of activities and clubs on offer for students and there is a unique Fitness and lifestyle Centre on campus. This has a range of fitness equipment, a 25-metre pool and a climbing wall. The sports clubs on campus are the most popular and relate to a range of main sports. Other areas to get involved with include media and entertainment, volunteering around the larger community and student democracy issues that are at the heart of the student union.