The role of Physician Associates in urology: Experience from a Tertiary Centre in the UK
BAUS ePoster online library. Williams R. 11/10/20; 304236; P11-4
Mr. Reece Williams
Mr. Reece Williams
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The role of Physician Associates in urology: Experience from a Tertiary Centre in the UK

Williams R1, Gaines K1, Edwards A1, Al Kadhi O1
1Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals, United Kingdom

Introduction:
The Urology workforce in the UK has undergone significant changes in the last decade. More recently, we have witnessed the introduction of Physician Associate (PA) posts in secondary care. In 2019 our unit recruited PAs to work alongside junior doctors and urology nurse practitioners. We present herein an overview of our department's experience.

Methods:
Over a period of 10 months, data were collected from PAs' job plans and electronic theatre diaries to compile a summary of their activities. With PAs' consent written feedback was extracted from Multi-Source Feedback (MSF) questionnaires used for their appraisal.

Results:
The PAs' job plans were structured to broaden their experience in general urology as well as expanding their technical skills in agreed domains (outpatient diagnostic procedures and bedside assisting for robotic and other minimally invasive surgery). Tables 1 and 2 show summaries of their final job plans and operating logbooks respectively. In a relatively short period of time, PAs participated in over 150 robotic procedures as first assistant and performed just over 500 flexible cystoscopies. The average rating on MSF questionnaires was 'good' to 'outstanding' and none of the 30 respondents had concerns.

Conclusion:
In our opinion, PAs are a valuable addition to the urology workforce with adaptable skills that could be tailored to meet the demand of the workplace. PAs have enhanced our unit's performance and facilitated better surgical training for our junior medical staff.
The role of Physician Associates in urology: Experience from a Tertiary Centre in the UK

Williams R1, Gaines K1, Edwards A1, Al Kadhi O1
1Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals, United Kingdom

Introduction:
The Urology workforce in the UK has undergone significant changes in the last decade. More recently, we have witnessed the introduction of Physician Associate (PA) posts in secondary care. In 2019 our unit recruited PAs to work alongside junior doctors and urology nurse practitioners. We present herein an overview of our department's experience.

Methods:
Over a period of 10 months, data were collected from PAs' job plans and electronic theatre diaries to compile a summary of their activities. With PAs' consent written feedback was extracted from Multi-Source Feedback (MSF) questionnaires used for their appraisal.

Results:
The PAs' job plans were structured to broaden their experience in general urology as well as expanding their technical skills in agreed domains (outpatient diagnostic procedures and bedside assisting for robotic and other minimally invasive surgery). Tables 1 and 2 show summaries of their final job plans and operating logbooks respectively. In a relatively short period of time, PAs participated in over 150 robotic procedures as first assistant and performed just over 500 flexible cystoscopies. The average rating on MSF questionnaires was 'good' to 'outstanding' and none of the 30 respondents had concerns.

Conclusion:
In our opinion, PAs are a valuable addition to the urology workforce with adaptable skills that could be tailored to meet the demand of the workplace. PAs have enhanced our unit's performance and facilitated better surgical training for our junior medical staff.
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