About this event

  • Date and time Mon 3 Jun 2024 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine

Join us for this new event where speakers will debate the motion: “This house believes that Physician Associates should be a core part of the healthcare team”. The role of Physician Associates has sparked intense discussion over recent months, and this debate provides an opportunity to hear both sides of the argument. 

Engage in conversation on the role of Physician Associates in the healthcare team by contributing insights and questions, critically evaluating arguments, and considering diverse perspectives. Through live polling and interactive audience debates, engage with four invited speakers, who will argue for and against the motion. We want to hear your voice!

Speakers for the motion:

  • Professor Sheona MacLeod, Director of Education and Training, NHS England
  • Professor Mark Radford CBE, National Director Education and Long Term Workforce Plan and Deputy CNO, NHS England

Speakers against the motion:

  • Professor Martin McKee CBE, Professor of European Public Health and Medical Director, Past President, London School of Hygiene and BMA
  • Baroness Natalie Bennett of Manor Castle, Member of the House of Lords

The Royal Society of Medicine is committed to continuing its proud tradition of creating opportunities for healthcare professionals and others to learn from balanced and informed conversations on important medical topics. This Great Debate aims to drive discussions forward, leveraging the collective wisdom of the audience to enrich the current dialogue. Whether you're a healthcare professional, a student aspiring to join the field, or simply someone passionate about the future of healthcare, this event is for you. Expand your understanding, challenge your beliefs, and walk away inspired to be a catalyst for change in the future of healthcare. 


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Standard pricing available until 02 June 2024.

Free with a refundable deposit

Once in-person attendance has been confirmed, we will process the refund of your £20 deposit.


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Key speakers

Professor Martin McKee CBE

Professor of European Public Health and Medical Director, Past President, British Medical Association and European Public Health Association, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine / BMA

Professor Sheona MacLeod

Director of Education and Training at NHS England

Professor Mark Radford CBE

National Director of Education and Long Term Workforce Plan and Deputy CNO at NHS England

Baroness Natalie Bennett of Manor Castle

Member of the House of Lords


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom

Disclaimer: All views expressed in this event are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM.

Registration for this event will close on 2 June 2024 at 1:00am (BST)

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