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Physician Associate

Alizha Waheed is a first for CHFT - our first Physician Associate. 

Physician Associate (PA) is a new healthcare profession for the NHS. A PA works to the medical model, with the attitudes, skills and knowledge base to deliver holistic care and treatment under the supervision of a doctor. They are trained to perform a number of roles including: taking medical histories, performing examinations, analysing test results, and diagnosing illnesses under the direct supervision of a doctor.

In 2014 there were only about 115 PAs working across NHS England, but there are now more than 25 universities running the two-year postgraduate PA course (including Leeds University) and it is becoming an ever-expanding role. 

Over the summer we are hoping to recruit PAs in medicine, paediatrics and obstetrics/gynaecology.

Here's more about Alizha and her new role …

Hello my name is… 

Alizha Waheed

What is your position?

I am a physician associate

Tell us about your career background?
Prior to studying to become a physician associate, I studied Biomedical Science as my undergraduate degree.

What are the best bits about your job?
The best part of my job has been working as a new dynamic team member, providing holistic care to patients and also supporting the team to bridge the gap between nursing and medicine.

What is the highlight of your career so far?

The support from the team I have been working with has been really positive.

Sum up your role in three words?

Dynamic, ground-breaking and holistic.


You can hear from Alizha talking about her role in a short video here.


She talks about how she feels being the first PA in post at our Trust, the support she receives, the opportunities it presents and how much she feels like “one of the family” on the busy Medical Assessment Unit.



So click on and hear all about it from Alizha.