NWPAF Events

NWPAF Events

The North West Physician Associate Forum is committed to enhancing the experience of physician associates, both qualified and student.To this end the Forum will organise a variety of events and post them here, as well as any pictures taking of the event and responses from feedback.

Networking Event, September 24 2019

Salford Royal NHS FoundationTrust

This is the first Networking Event put on by the NWPAF, actually it was the first event put on by the Forum. And despite the typical Manchester weather trying to rain on our parade the turn out was still above our baited expectations.

The event started with a bout of registration and networking over Subway kindly provided by Medical Excellence, went into some excellent inspiring presentations and culminated in the eponymous Q&A session which was followed by a spontaneous networking bout. To this (very tired at the time) writer, the spontaneous networking at the end was a delightful surprise; feelings not, as I thought at the time, brought on by exhaustion! A sign of a night well done when your attendees don't dash out the door!

And if the only positive outcome is that we managed to link a PA up with contacts in her dream role of working in mental health then that was worth every second of preparation (that's a lot of seconds by the way). Will that end in a job for her? We don't know but we can all keep our fingers crossed!

So if you were unable to make this event then have no worries, due to the success of the event and feedback provided this is but the first such event that we will organise, watch the space[s] below. But as a teaser of what you missed, or as a reminder if you didn't, here is the itinerary:

17:30 - Registration & networking
17:50 - Introduction - Kate Burnett (Head of Physician Associate School (NW))
18:00 - The Role of a Physician Associate - Peter Kurth (PAs) & Ricky Staniland (PA-R)
18:10 - The North West PA Forum - Claire Lawrence (PA-R)
18:15 - The Role of a Physician Associate in Acute Medicine - Myya Mistry (PA-R) & Rebecca Edwards (PA-R)
18:25 - The Role of a Physician Associate in Vascular Surgery - Charlotte Robinson (PA-R)
18:35 - The Role of a Physician Associate in General Practice - Ricky Staniland (PA-R)
18:45 - Employing Physician Associates - Marylyn Dickinson (Associate Director of Medical Education, MFT)
18:55 - NHSE Guest Speaker - Wayne Kirkham (Primary Care Senior Programme Manager (NW))
19:15 - HEE update - Jacqui Baines (Programme Support Business Manager, HEENW)
19:25 - Questions and Answers and close
19:40 - Networking

PDFs of the presentations can be downloaded below.

Physician Associate Study Day, November 20 2019

Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

Wednesday November 20th saw the arrival of over a hundred physician associates, graduate and second year students, at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust in preparation for a day of talks provided by talks from doctors based at Salford with the aims of refreshing, and updating, the PAs knowledge on a series of topics, bolstering the PAs strength of a wide generalist knowledge base.

Claire Lawrence (PA-R) had previously organised a study day, but on a smaller scale. So it was with both surprise and delight that she found demand to be high for the day and numbers soon hit triple figures and capacity. Following several needlessly sleepless nights the study went ahead and, despite some minor technical issues at the start, was found to be a resounding success. Talks were well received on the whole and the speakers were found to be engaging, interesting and enjoyable. So recognition should go out to Claire for organising the day, and keep your eyes open for future events put on by the NWPAF.

And to finish, a reminder of the day's schedule.

9:00- 9:30 Registration and coffee
09:30- 09:35 Opening (Claire Lawrence, PA-R SRFT)
09:40- 10:20 'Paediatric Emergencies' Dr Erin Devlin (Consultant, SRFT Emergency Department)
10:25- 11:05 'Epistaxis, ear pain and ENT Red flags' Dr Joe Mcfarlane (GPST2, ENT)
11:10- 12:00 'Assessing Older People' Dr Jenny Fox (Consultant, Elderly Medicine, SRFT)
12:00- 12:30 'Antineutrophil Cytoplasmic Autoantibodies' - Dr Amjid Rashid (ST5, Rheumatology, SRFT)
12:30- 13:30 Lunch (NW PA Forum sponsored)
13:30- 14:15 'ABGs and NIV' Dr Darren Green (Acute Medical Consultant, SRFT)
14:20- 15:00 'Headache history taking' Dr Sarah Rose (Acute Medical Consultant, SRFT)
15:05- 15:25 Break+ refreshments
15:30- 16:10 North West PA Forum+ Introduction to NW PA Ambassadors

Please note that we have requested permission to release the presentations and will publish them here