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