Medical Associate Professions

Medical Associate Profession roles work in multi-skilled teams. You can progress into these roles from other healthcare professions. They can also do an apprenticeship or go to university to enter these career pathways.

These roles are supervised by senior clinical staff. They undertake clinical tasks, including examinations, taking medical histories and providing diagnoses.

Explore specific MAP roles of interest, including information about entry requirements, below.

Advanced Clinical Practitioner

This is a highly skilled role based within critical care units in hospitals. People in this role are part of a team who monitor and treat life-threatening conditions. ACCPs usually hold a master’s degree but may also have significant experience in a range of health roles.

Typical entry requirements:

To undertake ACCP training you will at least need:

  • To be a registered healthcare professional. You will also be able to demonstrate appropriate continuing professional development

  • Recent experience of work within critical care

  • To hold a bachelor’s degree

  • Trainees must be entered in a programme that leads to a post-graduate diploma or master’s degree. You will need to work in a health and care organisation throughout the training duration

Physician Associate

Physician Associates , working with service users and support doctors. This can include taking medical histories, performing diagnostic procedures and analysing test results. They also help manage long-term or chronic conditions.

Typical entry requirements:

  • A bioscience-related first degree

  • Undergraduate integrated Master of Physician Associate Studies programmes are available (themselves requiring A-Levels)

  • Registered healthcare professionals can also apply for Physician Associate roles

  • Apprenticeships are also available. – see our Apprenticeship page for more information

  • Demonstrable experience of working in a health and social care setting is helpful

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Anaesthesia Associate

An Anaesthesia Associate is trained to provide supervised anaesthetic care.

This role provide care to service users who need anaesthesia, respiratory care, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and/or other emergency, life-sustaining services.

Entry roles can vary and some training will be provided when you start the job. If you’re looking at a specific role and have any questions, please feel free to get in touch.

Surgical Care Practitioner

This role handles supporting surgeons before, during and after patients undergo operations. and other surgical procedures. They complete some minor surgical procedures under the supervision of the Consultant Surgeon.

Tasks might include pre-operative and post-operative care and prescribing medication,

Typical entry requirements:

  • For joining a recognised training programme, you will at least need:

  • Evidence of study at Level 7 or above (such as a master’s

  • To be a member of the Nursing and Midwifery Council or the Health and Care Professionals

  • At least 18 months of post-registration experience as a qualified, registered healthcare professional

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What Qualities Do I Need to Become a Medical Associate Professional?


Being caring and supportive are  important – you’ll be making a difference everyday

Emotional Resilience

Working in fast-paced environment can be demanding. It’s important to keep your emotions under control and not take things personally.

Team Work Skills

You must have good team skills to deliver quality care

Listening Skills

Being able to listen to instructions  is important when working in a busy environment