Meet Amado Becerra. He’s our new physician associate and we’re so happy to welcome him to the Tudor Lodge team.
Amado joins our team of GPs and nurse practitioners to provide day to day urgent and routine appointments to patients. His special interests include diabetes, paediatrics (children’s care) and teaching so if you have diabetes or have little ones, Amado could be just the person to see.
What are physician associates?
Physician associates (PAs) are healthcare professionals who work alongside GPs to provide continuity of care as part of the medical team.
They are trained and qualified to run their own clinics but always work under the supervision of a GP. They bring further talent and medical skills to busy general practices and increase access to care for patients.
PAs are still a relatively new profession here in the UK but have been around since the early 2000s. They’ve been around in the States and other countries for many years and are a vital part of the primary care teams there.
What do physician associates do?
Like GPs, they are trained across general medicine and are medically trained to:
- do same-day urgent and routine appointments
- take medical histories from patients
- carry out physical examinations
- diagnose, manage and treat illness
- make referrals to secondary or community care
- develop and manage treatment plans for patients
- request and interpret test results
- visit patients at home or nursing/residential homes
- run specialist clinics
- teach and supervise students
- help GPs with some admin tasks
Like GPs, they have to keep their knowledge and skills up to date and have to re-certify every six years.
PAs are currently unable to independently prescribe medication but can prepare prescriptions for checking and sign-off by a GP during your consultation if you need one.