The south west physician associate network (SWPAN) was formed in January 2021 by 4 Health Education England Physician Associate (PA) Ambassadors with the overarching goal of creating a central hub for PA's across the south west and to contribute to the development and overall betterment of the profession both regionally and nationally.
At the SWPAN we aim to:
Formulate a central hub for PAs across the south west to network in order to create professional cohesion and common professional goals.
Promote the PA workforce through various media, mediums and relationships with key stakeholders.
Offer guidance to employers about the PA profession in both primary and secondary care.
Encourage general practices to take on PA student placements to increase training opportunities.
Offer mentoring, support and advice for those entering the profession as well as supporting the continuing professional development of the already qualified.
Offer advice and insight for prospective PA students.
Build an evidence base for the current PA workforce in the south west.
Pioneer and innovate with the PA community for the overall betterment of the profession.