Summary

What is known?
While there is some literature on the benefits of PAs in primary care and the duties they can perform, this did not necessarily reassure local GPs, who were cautious about employing PAs in their own surgeries.
What is the question?
How could GPs be encouraged to make use of this new member of their workforce, and how would they integrate into the existing primary care team? Would a preceptorship model support nurturing and clinical development of the PA, in addition to in-house support from the practice?
What was found?
GPs valued the financial support from the preceptorship scheme, in addition to the educational support provided. The PAs mostly valued extra support from the scheme in addition to their existing in-house support. A ‘preceptorship scale’ for newly qualified PAs in primary care has been suggested for primary care employers to complement existing support and education.
What is the implication for practice?
If funding was available, this preceptorship scheme could be rolled out as a blueprint in regional ‘pockets’ where newly qualified GP PA numbers are high to enable more adequate role-specific support.