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Physician Associates in Primary Care

Preceptorship Application Form

South East School of Physician Associates - Thames Valley/Wessex



The concept of a preceptorship year is increasingly used across clinical professions to support the development of both clinical and professional skills in complex clinical environments.  Following completion of their pre-registration education, support for new graduates on entry into the workforce has been demonstrated to enhance confidence and competence, providing a bridge between the supervision of the pre-registration learner and the mature clinician.

Preceptorship Guidance.

As part of the nationally agreed funding model introduced in 2018, NHSE has invested a £5000 education support payment for Practices/Primary Care Networks to support the development of the PA.

Employing Practices and/or Primary Care Networks in the South East region [Thames Valley, Hampshire & Isle of Wight] should contact TVW Hub SESPA with any queries or questions:

Please note you should be fully qualified and have passed the PA National Examinations to apply. 


Your data will be processed by SESPA NHSE in accordance with the privacy notices.  Your data will be held for 24 months after submission of this form in accordance with the GDPR guidance and used for the purpose of this programme and its evaluation.


The Preceptorship is only being offered to either

(a) a PA who is commencing a programme in the first 12 months of practice after first gaining registration on the national register or

(b) a PA taking up their first post in primary care since gaining registration. This would also include the transition of PAs from secondary care with a maximum of 3 years’ experience.



The preceptorship programme will be undertaken for a minimum of 1 year [whole time equivalent] and must entail a minimum of 50% [or 6 months’ full time equivalent] being spent in Primary Care.


The Employer must have read, understood and be prepared to implement the guidance within the Faculty of Physician Associates (FPA) document ‘Employers’ Guide to Physician Associates’ found here:



If being employed by a PCN, PA Preceptees must work in no more than 2 practices for the first 6 months of their Preceptorship year.



The weekly timetable [job plan] must include at least 1 dedicated session for education;



Employers must consider a rota/job plan with a maximum of eight patient-facing clinical sessions a week for the first 6 months of the Preceptorship programme.



At the start of employment, newly qualified PAs in Primary Care should have 30-minute patient consultation time allocation with a debrief after each patient. This should be reviewed between 3-6 months and the consultation time adjusted as appropriate.



The PA preceptee must work under GP clinical supervision during their day to day clinical practice. They must also have access to a GP Clinical /Educational Supervisor to support their professional development and undertaking of any portfolio-based assessments




PA Preceptees should have access to a trained mentor during the Preceptorship. The mentor should be external to the employing practice or Primary Care Network (PCN)


Please Note: TVW SESPA will arrange the mentoring sessions and inform the practice/PCN during the preceptorship.


PA Preceptees must have a suitable induction period, an induction meeting with their supervisor, a mid-point and an end of programme review with their supervisor [regardless of whether they have been a PA student on placement with the practice].  You should have received a template preceptorship induction plan from the TVW hub at SESPA.


Please email SESPA TVW hub a copy of the PA's induction timetable and job plan with your submission.


The programme must use suitable supportive records of the PA Preceptee’s progress. For example, the FPAs ‘First Year Post Qualification Documentation’ which can be accessed here:




The employer should offer a structured, personal development plan with clear objectives, goals and a shared understanding around how the practice/PCN will support the preceptee to gain the clinical experience and skills required


The preceptorship programme will set out expected outcomes for the PA Preceptee in the form of competence acquisition or a brief curriculum which may be locally derived but based on established national guidance. This can be found within the FPA document;


The preceptorship programme must enable the PA Preceptee to engage in multi-professional learning activities with protected time to ensure this.


Where the PA Preceptee’s objectives include a further course of study, this is usually funded from the NHSE support payment. This could be up to the cost of a postgraduate qualification if appropriate for the PA Preceptee and the service context; this funding should be used flexibly to meet the needs of the preceptor.



PA Preceptees will be expected to complete and maintain all of the requirements of the UK PA Managed Voluntary Register [PAMVR].





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