January 2020 we welcome Lauren Rottman, Physician Associate to Swan Surgery. This is job role which supports doctors in the diagnosis and management of patients. They work under the supervision of the doctor, training to perform a number of day-to-day tasks including: taking medical histories performing examinations diagnosing illnesses analysing test results developing management plans Physician Associates (PA’s) have to meet a nationally approved standard of training and practice. As well as academic achievement, you’ll need to be able to demonstrate experience of working with the public, an interest in health and social care, the right values to work for the NHS and excellent communication skills. This does not lead to becoming a GP, but can lead to further specialisation. Currently the Physician Associate is not able to prescribe but they are able to raise a prescription which they will take to a doctor for signing.