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Physicians' assistant (anaesthesia)

In the United Kingdom, a physicians' assistant (anaesthesia), abbreviated to PA(A), is a healthcare worker who provides anaesthesia under the medical direction and supervision of a consultant anaesthetist.[1] PA(A)s are not medical doctors, and enter the role by completing a 27-month full-time training programme which leads to the award of a postgraduate diploma. To be eligible, a candidate must have a previous degree in a biomedical or science subject, or recognised previous healthcare experience in another role.[2] Despite the similarity of the name, the role is distinct from physician assistant, which refers to a non-doctor practitioner who works in areas of medicine other than anaesthesia.[3]

Physicians' Assistant (Anaesthesia) from July 2019 will be known as Anaesthesia Associate.[4]


  1. ^ "Physicians' Assistant (Anaesthesia)". Royal College of Anaesthetists. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Training, development and registration (physicians' assistant - anaesthesia)". Health Careers. NHS Education England. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Medical associate professions". Health Careers. NHS Education England. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Association of Anaesthesia Associates". Association of Anaesthesia Associates (AAA). Retrieved 30 May 2019.