The Committee


The North West Physician Associate Forum committee is made up in equal parts of qualified Physician Associates and student Physician Associates in order to span interests and issues both prior and post graduation. The committee bring a wide array of skills and interests to the table but are always keen on hearing from forum members about issues they'd like to raise.

Ricky Staniland




Ricky graduated from the University of Manchester 2019, he works in general practice with a special interest in palliative care. He also works with the teaching academy associated with the University of Salford aside of his clinical responsibilities. In his free time he enjoys playing tennis and rugby with a desire to travel more in the future.

PG Dip, University of Manchester.
PGCE, University of Manchester,
MChem, University of York.

Claire Lawrence


Vice Chairperson (PA-R)


Claire worked as an Oncology Nurse before joining the first cohort of PAs to be trained at the University of Manchester. She has been working as a PA in the Emergency Assessment Unit (EAU) at Salford Royal Hospital since March 2018. She also works as an examiner for the Faculty of Physician Associates National OSCE Exams.

Her role involves clerking patients in A+E and those referred into hospital by their GP. She does lumbar punctures on the unit and carries out bedside teaching for junior doctors who need to learn this skill. She is also in the process of being trained up to do arterial lines and ascitic drains.

Alongside this, she takes part in QI projects and teaching medical and PA students on the ward.
She displayed her poster looking at emergency presentations of cancer symptoms at the SAM (Society for Acute Medicine) Conference in Bournemouth and also at the Greater Manchester Cancer Conference.

In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor swimming, cycling, audiobooks and baking.

BNURS PG Dip University of Manchester

Peter Kurth


Vice Chairperson (sPA)


Peter Kurth is a second-year student Physician Associate at the University of Manchester with a special interest in acute and wilderness medicine. In his spare time, Peter enjoys scuba diving, climbing, and hiking.

BMedSc University of Birmingham

Kate Rebecca Mottershead




Kate graduated from the University of Manchester in 2019, with a special interest in Acute Medicine and Obstetrics & Gynaecology. Kate also has a keen interest in research and is looking forward to incorporating this into her clinical practice. In her free time she enjoys mountain walking and Ballroom dancing.

Physician Associate Studies PG Dip/MSc, University of Manchester
Biochemistry and Biomedicine BSc Hons, Lancaster University

Claire Tynan


Social and communication


Claire studied Biology at the University of Durham before undertaking Physician Associate Studies in Manchester. In her free time, she enjoys walking and attempting sprint triathlons

Isil Valentina Mirzanli


Regional representative (PA-R)


Isil qualified in February 2018 and started work in Manchester as a PA in Cardiology before rotating to Renal medicine. She is back in Cardiology where she will be staying for the foreseeable future!
As the Regional Representative, Isil is in touch with qualified PAs in the North West, gaining their feedback and seeing how they can be better supported.
In her spare time Isil writes a PA blog called 'Not A Doctor' where she share tips and experiences for fellow PAs and students. Isil also love travelling and seeking adventure.

PA-R PG Dip, University of Manchester

Rebecca Edwards


Regional representative (sPA)


Rebecca graduated from The University of Manchester in March 2019. Before starting the PA course she undertook a BSc in Biological Science at The University of Exeter and completed her PhD at the University of East Anglia. This career switch was fuelled by a wish to be more involved in front line healthcare where your daily interactions can make a big difference to patients, and she is absolutely loving gaining these experiences through her PA studies.

As the student representative Rebecca will coordinate the student sub-committee to allow bi-directional communication between the student PA population and the wider PA population in the North West. Rebecca is passionate about the PA profession and believes that by taking into account the wide range of voices of the North West PA community the sub-committee can facilitate positive changes for PA students across the region.

Myya Mistry


Quality improvement lead (PA-R)


Myya graduated as a Physician Associate from the University of Manchester in 2018.
She instantly took a keen interest in Acute and Emergency medicine and spent her first working in the very busy A&E department of Tameside Hospital. She has now moved to Acute Medicine at MRI.
Prior to training as a PA, Myya worked as an Account Executive in Medical Communications, working with renowned medical specialists inspired her to want to put her Medical Sciences degree to different use!

In her role and Quality Improvement lead, Myya is keen to help to develop better undergraduate/postgraduate support and experience for Physician Associates.

In her spare time Myya enjoys travel, eating out and cooking.

Medical Sciences BSc(Hons) University of Leeds
Biomedical Sciences and Translational Medicine - Drug Safety MRes University of Liverpool
Physician Associate Studies PgDip - University of Manchester

Kelly Skillin


Quality Improvement Lead (sPA)


Kelly has a colourful history which involves previous military service for 8 years in the Royal Navy. She began her journey with a Bsc in Complementary Health and then enrolled to start her Adult Nursing Degree. Kelly worked as a Nurse at East Lancashire Hospital Trust within Acute Medicine.
She had looked into PA training in 2011 but was disappointed it was only available in Birmingham and the south, so when the North West eventually introduced the programme she was the second cohort to take advantage of this opportunity.

Kelly qualified in March 2019 and has a position back in ELHT rotating within Acute Medicine and Surgical Triage. She is excited to help the role advance and determined to support its succession to becoming a widely known and accepted branch of medicine.

In her spare time Kelly enjoys mountain biking and off road MX riding with her husband and teenage children offset with yoga and cats.

Susan Singleton


Educational lead (PA-R)


Susan worked for many years as a podiatrist before joining the first cohort of Physician Associates to be trained at The University of Liverpool. She has been employed as a Graduate Physician Associate in Trauma and Orthopaedics at Arrowe Park Hospital for the past 12 months.

Her role involves daily responsibility for patients on 2 trauma wards and 1 elective ward, first assisting in theatre at 2 hospitals in the Wirral, assessing patients in outpatients and fracture clinic, together with some on-call work in ED. She is on-call 1 in 4 weekends. Besides putting clinical skills acquired during training into regular practice, she has learnt to perform joint aspirations, apply backslabs, manipulate ankle, wrist and hip fractures and perform fascia iliaca compartment blocks. She has also passed a course in advanced life support.

Additionally, she is involved in presenting critical analyses during Journal Club and teaching Physician Associate, Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Medical Students in all areas of practice. She founded a national virtual social media group, primarily to support Physician Associates during their first year of practice. She has recently commenced the 'On Becoming' course in leadership.

In her spare time, she relaxes with horse-riding, dog-walking and dog-scootering, oil-painting, gardening and music.

B.Sc. The University of Brighton,
D.Pod.M. Cardiff University,
S.R.Ch., M.Ch.S.,
Dip. Diabetes Management, The University of Huddersfield

Umar Naseer


Educational lead (sPA)


Bio forthcoming