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.

Covid-19 - Public Health England and Sheffield Hallam University advice

Please read the Health Education England Healthcare Learners Coronavirus Advice Guide, updated 25 November 2020, which outlines key information for all professions.

Follow this link to Public Health England and Sheffield Hallam University advice (DOCX, 35.9KB) in word format, including Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). This document is also provided as a PDF here (PDF, 176.9KB).  This information complements communications shared directly with students on course  BlackBoard sites.

If you have symptoms of covid-19 (link to external website), or suspect that you may have covid-19, YOU MUST NOT ATTEND YOUR PLACEMENT.

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:

Visit the NHS website for information about when and how to self-isolate (link to external website).

Updated guidance from Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and Health Education England

  • DHSC has updated its List of essential workers and those prioritised for testing (England only). This list makes it explicit that health and social care students on placement should be regarded as critical (essential) workers and be given the same priority access to Covid tests as other health and social care workers.
  • HEE Student Statement December 2020: The Government has confirmed that for the purpose of essential travel to clinical placement and in the event of any future need for accessing keyworker places, healthcare students on placement can self-declare as critical (essential) workers
  • The National Lockdown Government Guidance states that students who are undertaking training and study for subjects allied to medicine/health should return to face to face learning as planned - National lockdown: Stay at Home - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
  • The UK Government has confirmed access to schools or educational settings for children of critical (essential) workersEducation and Childcare during Coronavirus.

Updated guidance for People working in Healthcare about using the NHS Covid-19 App, provided by the NHS

The NHS has provided important guidance on using the NHS Covid-19 app. (PDF, 266.7KB)

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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