This programme is intended for existing health care practitioners or graduates with a science background who wish to work as part of the anaesthetic team.
The Physicians´ Assistant (Anaesthesia) is a health professional who will expand the anaesthetic service and make operating theatres work more efficiently. You will work alongside other members of the anaesthetic team and under the supervision of your anaesthetist.
The programme is open to applicants from two different routes:
1. Registered health care practitioners (eg, nurses, operating department practitioners) require one or both of the following:
At least three years’ full-time, post-qualification work experience in a relevant area.
A first degree in a health-related subject
2. New entrants to health care (graduates or graduate equivalent) require:
A biomedical science or biological science background
Preferably a second-class Honours degree or better, or other evidence of recent and successful academic activity
A demonstrable commitment to a career in health care
The programme will develop a practitioner role that enables the anaesthesia team to have more staff working differently. Presently in the UK only doctors who have had specialist training in anaesthesia can administer anaesthetics.
The PA(A) is a health professional who will expand the anaesthetic service and make operating theatres work more efficiently. You will work alongside other members of the anaesthetic team and under the supervision of your anaesthetist.
The programme is studied over 27 months full-time which includes 24 months of academic study and clinical training, followed by 3 months of supervised practice.
Students who have satisfactorily completed the 120 taught credits of the Postgraduate Diploma: Physicians’ Assistant (Anaesthesia) will have the option of transferring to the Physicians’ Assistant (Anaesthesia) MSc Programme. Award of the MSc will require the completion of an additional 60 credit Dissertation module, which would take the form of a research project of their own choosing. The MSc is self funded costing £1980 in 2014/2015 (subject to change each year).
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