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Physician Associate

Physician Associate

Welcome to the Sheffield Hallam University Physician Associate practice placement site for supervisors and students.

This site is a guide to help you make the most of your placements. The resources on the site are for you, your placement supervisors and University tutors. Here you will find essential day to day information for students and supervisors/line managers. The headings on the left of this page will direct you to a range of supporting materials which are available to download, and links to websites that will guide you on Physician Associate professional requirements and inform you about providers of services.

Learning in the workplace plays a key part in the student experience and students spend a substantial part of their Physician Associate course on placement. Placement learning involves a major commitment on the part of the placement providers as well as the students, so we hope that students maximise the opportunity to learn from and contribute to the experience.

Placement opportunities provide students with the chance to learn about good practice at first hand and SHU recognises and values the contribution of the placements in that process. We thank all those organisations for their work.

Students are advised that they must follow their placement provider's policies and guidelines at all times while on placement.

Covid-19 - UK Government, NHS, Health Education England and Sheffield Hallam University advice

If you attend your placement while you have symptoms of covid-19 you will put service users/ clients/ patients and staff at risk of covid-19 infection.  Please read the requirements for safe practice and avoiding harm to service users/ clients/ patients in the professional codes of conduct and ethics for your future profession: Health and Care Professions Council (link to external website)

Students are advised that they must follow their placement provider's policies and guidelines at all times while on placement in relation to Covid processes and reporting.

Covid-19 Immunisation - Important advice for all students in relation to placement learning

Students encouraged to have both COVID jabs - Health Education England update

Health Education England (HEE) is encouraging all health and care students and learners and those starting programmes in September, to ensure they have had both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine unless they are medically exempt.

Professor Mark Radford, Chief Nurse, Health Education England is leading HEE's drive to encourage student vaccinations which will protect them, their families, and those patients they may be caring for and enable them to take part in their clinical learning placements. This follows government guidance advising that those working in social care must be fully vaccinated and a number of NHS trusts are now requiring this from all patient-facing health and care staff.

For those planning placements in social care settings, there is currently a 16-week grace period which is designed to allow time for those who have not yet been vaccinated to do so. The Covid-19 vaccine will then be mandatory for all care home workers in England, including students and learners on placements in those settings, from 11 November 2021.

HEE advises that should any students or learners opt not to have the vaccination without medical reasons, they will need to talk to their university about the impact this will have on their progression through their programme. For further support and guidance, including for those who are exempt and may require further information on how to continue with placements, please contact your Course Management Team.

Book your coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccination

A significant number of our placement providers expect their staff to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and these placements are now requiring all students who attend placement in their organisation also to be fully vaccinated. This includes some sectors for which full vaccination will become a legal requirement from October 2021. Any delays in ensuring that you are fully vaccinated could prevent you from commencing a placement.

Students are advised that they must follow their placement provider's policies and guidelines at all times while on placement in relation to Covid processes and reporting.

Contacting the Physician Associate Team

If you need to contact a member of the Physician Associate Team, you can find email and telephone contact details here.

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