The NHS is about to expand the number of physician associates rapidly. Physician associates work under the direct supervision of a doctor. They help by taking patients’ histories, examining patients and making simple diagnoses. They also support doctors by analysing test results and developing care management plans.
Gallagher, J. (2014). NHS plans rapid expansion of ‘doctor’s assistant’ jobs. London: BBC Health News, August 22nd 2014.
Possibly of interest:
Physician associate (formerly known as physician assistant). London [Online]: NHS Choices, 2014.
Possibly also of interest, there is a recent NIHR report: Developing the Support Workforce in Acute Care (NIHR / Health Services and Delivery Research).