We are pleased to have the opportunity to provide evidence to the UK Government’s Consultation on the Regulation of Medical Associate Professions in the UK. Our submission supports the Government’s intention to introduce statutory regulation for Physician Associates. However, we are disappointed and concerned that the unequivocal aim of the UK Government does not yet extend to the other medical associate professions.
We recognise that in recent years the health service across the UK has seen the emergence and increased use of new professional roles within multidisciplinary teams as part of a continuing drive to provide safe, accessible and high-quality care for patients.
Rising demands for medical treatment and advances in clinical care requires a coordinated approach and greater skill mix within NHS healthcare teams.
❏ We welcome the UK Government’s intention to introduce statutory regulation for Physician Associates.
❏ We would like to see the UK Government’s unequivocal aim extended to the other medical associate professions.
❏ We would wish to see ALL medical associate professions receive statutory regulation.
❏ We would wish to see uniformity in delivery of regulation and would see one regulator as providing this.
❏ We believe there is real value in developing MAPs as a coherent group working very closely with doctors.
❏ We see the GMC as being a regulator that can effectively deliver regulation across four medical associate professions alongside a coherent implementation group.
❏ We recognise that whilst there is a financial benefit in utilising the medical associate professions they are of significant value in supporting key services in healthcare delivery.