Physicians' Assistant (Anaesthesia) Review 2011

Physicians’ Assistants (Anaesthesia) (PA(A)s) are now part of the clinical team in several departments of anaesthesia in the UK, and in order to understand the development of the role it is important to look back over the last ten years. Workforce predictions made in the year 2000 suggested that the UK would have too few medical anaesthetists to meet the expansion proposals of the then NHS Plan and the anticipated impacts of the 2004 and 2009 implementation of elements of the European Working Time Directive (EWTD). A joint evaluation was undertaken by the Changing Workforce Programme, the Department of Health (DoH), and the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA), including visits to the USA, Sweden and Holland, which resulted in the report The Role of Non-medical Staff in the Delivery of Anaesthesia Services

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