Consultation into regulation of MAPs - RCoA response

The Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) is pleased that the Department of Health has taken the decision to consult on the regulation of Medical Associate Professions (MAPs) in the UK.

The College’s consultation submission can be found here.

The RCoA is fully committed to achieving statutory regulation of Physicians’ Assistants (Anaesthesia) (PA(A)s)), Acute Critical Care Practitioners (ACCPs) and support similar statutory regulation for all other MAP groups. Since their introduction in 2003, PA(A)s have delivered high quality patient care and maintained patient safety while also enhancing the work of the entire perioperative team.

In July 2016 the RCoA established a voluntary register for PA(A)s in order to better understand the PA(A) scope of practice across the UK and to develop a comprehensive record of all PA(A)s as a prelude to statutory regulation. The register was always intended as a stepping stone in the professionalisation and expansion of the role, but this development has reached its limit in the absence of a framework for statutory regulation. 

Statutory regulation of MAPs has the potential to improve patient safety by providing a standardised framework of governance and assurance across the UK for the clinical practice and professional conduct of MAPs, including PA(A)s and ACCPs.  We believe that the General Medical Council would be the most appropriate regulator for PA(A)s, ACCPs and all other MAPs groups.

More information on PA(A)s can be found here.

08 December 2017