The first cohort of excited student physician associates has joined Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
The innovative role offers students the opportunity to gain a Master’s qualification, with the additional bonus of a guaranteed job offer when they have qualified.
The concept, in its infancy in the UK, creates another strand of health care professional.
The role is focused on ensuring patients have an excellent experience at the trust, while supporting the experienced staff already in place.
Working under the close supervision of senior consultants on the wards, the physician associates will experience a range of different specialities, including medical and surgical rotations during their two-year placement.
The first four to join the program are Jac-Marcus Goult, Sophie Newbold, Gavin Walker and Sughraa Zaveri, who will also spend part of their time based at James Paget University Hospital and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. After graduation, the students will be guaranteed a permanent position within the trust.
Dr Iman Riaz, consultant and lead facilitator for the cohort said: “We are delighted to welcome our four new physician associates.
“We are all excited about the journey they have started with the trust and are keen to support and nurture the talent they have already shown during the recruitment process.
“They are a very welcome addition to the dedicated staff we already have here.”
Sughraa Zaver, new Physician Associate at the QEH said: “This is a fantastic opportunity, and when I saw the role advertised I knew that I had to go for it.
I’m so happy I was successful! I am really looking forward to the next two years, and knowing I have a career ready for me at the trust after I have graduated is brilliant.
“I can’t wait to get started.”
Dr Beverly Watson, medical director at the QEH said: “Safe patient care is at the heart of what we do. Having the student physician associates with us is not only a brilliant start for their career, but also means we’re offering another tier of support for our patients.”