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Nick, Physician Associate


My name’s Nick and I’m a physician associate.

Looking at the Ladybird books, do you think your job is like the one depicted in the book?

Yes, definitely. However, some of the roles have evolved over time, so it’s a new modern look on both doctors and nurses.

What are the main differences between now and then?

The roles have evolved, so my role as a Physician Associate is to support doctors. I was previously a nurse and then studied two years of Physician Associate medicine, where I’m now a Physician Associate, so I support doctors and nurses in day to day care of patients.

What things have stayed the same?

Things that have stayed the same are obviously the care for patients, so high quality of care.

What makes your job special?

So, it’s a fairly new role, only come about in the last eight years in the UK, so there’s not many of us and we’re currently undergoing legislation under the GMC [General Medical Council]. There is a crossover with nurses and doctors, but we add to the family and to the care of patients.

Have you always worked in Harborough?

I haven’t, no. So, I’ve worked in hospital as both a nurse and a PA: in urology; I’ve worked in mental health; and I’ve worked in other GP practices in Leicestershire.

What is special about doing your job in the Harborough area?

So, first and foremost I live in this area and second, I think it’s a really friendly, quirky village stroke town.