NOA webinar explores Physician Associates in Orthopaedic services

The National Orthopaedic Alliance (NOA) recently hosted a webinar on 21st February 2024, exploring the role of Physician Associates in Orthopaedic Services. This virtual session shed light the integration of Physician Associates into orthopaedic practice and their influence on training opportunities for surgeons.

Guided by Mr. Cormac Kelly, NOA Webinar Programme Lead and Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, the webinar featured a distinguished panel of speakers, each offering invaluable insights.

Speakers included Patrick Thies, a Physician Associate in Orthopaedic Surgery at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS FT, Oliver Townsend, representing the British Orthopaedic Trainees Association (BOTA) for Sustainability & Workforce, and Fergal Monsell, Vice President Elect of the British Orthopaedic Association.

Patrick Thies from ROH underscored the significant contributions of Physician Associates and showcased ROH’s successful collaboration with these professionals.

Oliver discussed the perspective of trainees on PAs in trauma and orthopaedics, while Fergal examined the topic from the standpoint of the British Orthopaedic Association.

The webinar delved into recent reports, such as the January 2024 publication by the Association of Surgeons in Training (ASiT), titled “The Physician Associate Role and its Impact on Surgical Training and Patient Care,” and the 2022 Census Report by the Faculty of Physician Associates (FPA), among others. These reports provided a comprehensive backdrop for discussions surrounding the evolving landscape of orthopaedic services.

One attendee expressed gratitude, stating,

“Thank you for organising the webinar and engaging with this challenging subject. Thanks also to the team behind the scenes and for bringing in wonderful presenters.”

You can view the recording here.



The session also intended to feature Christopher Lawlor, Senior Regional Liaison Adviser at the General Medical Council. Although he couldn’t present live due to technical constraints, his slides are now accessible on the Members Only Area of the NOA website. Plans are underway for a follow-up NOA webinar on Physician Associates, where Lawlor and another governmental representative will feature as speakers.