As the Physician Associate role is relatively new in this country, I am passionate about finding opportunities to explain the role of the Physician Associate and how we can benefit different sectors of healthcare. I have worked as a Physician Associate in General Practice since November 2013. I am on the sub-committee on two boards within the Faculty of Physician Associates, under the Royal College of Physicians.
The combination of clinical and Faculty-based experience has given me the insight into the relevant areas of knowledge the Physician Associate students need to work in this innovative new role. I lecture in Consultation Skills and Assessment, which gives me the opportunity to teach students the importance of taking a thorough history, in addition to helping them practise a history in their Problem based Learning cases. I really enjoy working in General Practice as it enables me to remain generalist by seeing 'a bit of everything', although I find Mental Health particularly interesting, and prior to being a Physician Associate worked as a Healthcare Assistant on Psychiatry wards.
I lecture in Consultation Skills and Assessment, on the PgDip Physician Associate Studies Course
I am a Careers Mentor for undergraduate students at Sheffield University. I have been supporting the Faculty of Physician Associates in reviewing the Matrix of conditions in a sub-group in order to modernise it and make it more relevant to current medical concepts, and am currently in an Examinations and Pre-registration sub-groups to support good practise in these areas for Physician Associate students.
Before coming to Sheffield Hallam in 2015 on a part time basis, Ria worked as a Physician Associate in General Practice. Ria is a member of the sub-committee on two boards within the Faculty of Physician Associates, under the Royal College of Physicians.
Ria has been interviewed by Ben Gowland from Ockham Healthcare in a podcast regarding her clinical role (episode 40, November 2016). Ria also briefly features in a video on 'A career as a Physician Associate' on the Health Careers page on Youtube, discussing the benefits of working as a Physician Associate.