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This dedicated site hosts information to update the progression of the current Scottish Government Commission with NES regarding Medical Associate Professions (MAPs). It is aimed at healthcare professionals, workforce planners, those interested in a career in healthcare in Scotland, in the field of healthcare education.

Medical Associate Professions (MAPs) Commission

Definition of the roles in scope for this Commission 

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Medically trained, generalist healthcare professionals, who work alongside doctors and provide medical care as an integral part of the multidisciplinary team. Physician associates are dependent practitioners working with a dedicated medical supervisor but are able to work autonomously with appropriate support. (Faculty of Physician Associates)

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Anaesthesia Associates are highly trained, skilled practitioners that work within an anaesthetic team under the direction and supervision of a Consultant Anaesthetist. (Royal College of Anaesthetists)

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Advanced Critical Care Practitioners are clinical professionals responsible for patients' care during their critical care admission. They are highly experienced and educated practitioners who have developed their skills and theoretical knowledge to a very high standard. They are empowered to make high-level clinical decisions to ensure that patients receive timely, personal, and effective care. (Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine) 

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Registered non-medical healthcare professionals who have extended the scope of their practice by completing an accredited training programme. They work as members of the surgical team and perform surgical interventions and pre-operative and post-operative care under the supervision of a senior surgeon. (Royal College of Surgeons of England)

Context paper about the Medical Associate Professions (MAPs) Commission

MAP roles support NHS Scotland Boards to deliver flexible and resilient workforce plans. They will contribute to the increased clinical capacity required by the NHS Recovery Plan published in August 2021 by enabling the right workforce in place at the right timeBelow are some examples of how these roles are deployed.

Faculty of Physician Associates - quality health care across the NHS (

Anaesthesia Associates | The Royal College of Anaesthetists ( 

Surgical Care Practitioner — Royal College of Surgeons (   Faculty of Perioperative Care - Royal College of Surgeons                

Advanced Critical Care Practitioners –                            

Latest News and Updates
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Medical Associate Professions – Next Steps for NHS Scotland, Online event 26th March 0930-1230hrs

The NES MAPs workstream invites you to join this online event to progress and enhance understanding and strategic development. This session builds on the findings and endorsed recommendations of the NES MAPs report (May 2023).

This is an opportunity to engage with key strategic partners, share and explore examples of integrating MAPs in a more diverse workforce model, explore key learning and practical application for education and supervision requirements.

It will be of interest to strategic leads, service and workforce leads in both Planned and Primary Care, MAPs leads and representatives with responsibility for education and training.

Place are limited, please save the date and register your interest please complete this short form  by 26th February. Delegates will be notified of places by 1st March. An outline of the programme is above. 

Latest updates on regulation of Physician Associate and Anaesthesia Associate roles

Wednesday 13 December marked the next stage towards regulation of PA and AA roles across the UK, with laying of The Anaesthesia Associates and Physician Associates Order 2024  before Westminster and Scottish parliaments. GMC had noted on 11 December it welcomes upcoming laying of AA and PA Order

NES continues to work with strategic partners with a programme of work to take forward approved recommendations within the commission formal response.

Medical Associate Professions (MAPs) commission formal response

The NES Medical Associate Professions commission report submitted to Scottish Government is now available to read. 

For ease a shortened version showing the executive summary and recommendations is available. 

GMC has collated responses to some frequently asked questions regarding Physician Associate and Anaesthesia Associate roles

More information on PAs and AAs provided by GMC regarding PA and AA

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