North West Physician Associate Programme

Thank you for your interest in the Physician Associate programmes offered across the North West of England.


Physician Associates are a new healthcare professional who, while not a doctor, work to the medical model, with the attitudes, skills and knowledge base to deliver holistic care and treatment within the general medical and/or general practice team under defined levels of supervision.


Although Physician Associates are dependent practitioners, they can also practice independently and make independent decisions. This is enabled by collaboration and supportive working relationships with their clinical supervisors, meaning that there is always someone who can discuss cases, give advice and review patients if necessary.

As a qualified Physician Associate you will be able to consider a career in the acute, specialist and or Primary Care settings meaning you could work in a large hospital or a GP Practice.

The Royal College of Physicians hosts the Faculty of Physician Associates where you will be able to find out more information about the training and role of Physician Associates

The course in the North West runs over a 48 week year of which 50% will be academic (university based) and 50% in clinical placements. Whilst on placement you will be supported by an Educational Supervisor (Consultant or GP depending on the setting), clinical supervisors and the wider multi-disciplinary team. All your placements will be arranged for you and will be aligned to your required learning outcome as determined by the Faculty of Physician Associates Competence and Curriculum Framework.

Health Education England, in line with our new national funding model for supporting student Physician Associates will pay students £2,500 per annum - in the North West this payment is paid in line with the courses required clinical placements and is aimed at assisting students with travel costs.

For further information on the universities offering the Physician Associate programme in the North West please follow the links below which will take you to the websites of our university partners.


University of Chester


Edgehill University


Manchester School of Medicine -


UCLan Preston


UCLan West Lakes -


University Of Bolton - 


Recruitment in the North West is managed as a centralised approach by our consortia of universities as above – what does this mean to you?


·      Standardised entry criteria. Minimum 2:2 in a Health or Life Sciences degree as your first degree regardless of which university you are applying for


·      A single application process which offers you the opportunity to preference your 1st, 2nd and 3rd choices of university


·       Courses starting in February and September (dependant on university of choice)


·       Single interview for all your choices - interviews for all 5 universities will take place in Manchester with offers for successful candidates being made by your 1st choice university. If your preferred university fills its programme you may be offered a place at your second choice university depending on them having places to offer.


You can apply for any of the above universities by following the link below – remember as part of the application process you will be asked to preference your university and start date.




If you require any additional information please e mail Unfortunately, due to the high level of interest in these programmes, Health Education England in the North West, are unable to accept enquires by phone.