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

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

Hannah Adams


Social Media Coordinator


Hannah is a first-year student Physician Associate studying at the University of Manchester. Before starting the PA course, she completed a BSc in Immunology at the University of Glasgow.

Hannah also runs her Instagram page "The Scottish PA Student" where she shows her followers what it is like to be a PA student on placement and in university. In her spare time she enjoys watching rugby, travelling and baking.