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The spokesperson said there are currently three PAs working at Beaumont and one additional PA is being recruited. “The salary is the same as those published previously. The pilot project in Beaumont Hospital is currently being evaluated by the Department of Health and therefore we cannot provide any further information.”
A job spec for the pilot positions at Beaumont/the RCSI, dated February 2015, referenced a salary of €44,000 per annum for the two-year pilot. Four PAs were recruited in mid-2015.
The PAs are based in the Surgical Directorate in Beaumont. The document outlining the job description stated that PAs are trained and educated similarly to physicians, and therefore share similar diagnostic and therapeutic reasoning.
“By design, physicians and PAs work together as a team and all PAs practice medicine with physician supervision. Supervision does not mean that a supervising physician must always be present with the PA or direct every aspect of PA-provided care, rather, the PA practice can be described as delegated autonomy,” it outlined.
There is no regulator of PAs in Ireland, which has sparked criticism within the strongly-regulated medical and nursing professions.
According to the recent job advertisement, applicants must have passed their respective national certification examination and be registered with the PA-Managed Voluntary Register in the Royal College of Physicians, UK (pending registration may be accepted). The deadline for applications was 4 December.
Meanwhile, numbers for the next intake into the RCSI MSc in PA Studies will be available in January, a College spokesperson told The Medical Independent.
Ulster University commenced Northern Ireland’s first PA Postgraduate Diploma course earlier this year.