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Kate Bascombe

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Mrs Kate Bascombe (PA-R, BSc Hons, PGDip, PCertHBE, FHEA)

Reader in Physician Associate Studies
Location: Department of Medical Education, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Room 344a, Watson Building, Falmer, BN1 9PH

Area of expertise: Physician Associate Education


Kate Bascombe is the Course Lead for the Physician Associate (PA) MSc at BSMS. She undertook her PA training at St George’s University of London (SGUL) as the second cohort qualifying in 2011. Clinically, she has worked in secondary care across medical and surgical fields and primary care where she currently practices. 

Kate has been involved in PA education since 2014 and served on the boards of the UK PA national organisations from 2010 – 2016. Her proactive and vocal advocacy of the PA role started as student representative to the national body. She is an active member of the PA Schools Council, a PA National Exam (PANE) OSCE examiner, Associate Editor at the Future Healthcare Journal (FHJ), adjunct teaching staff for the RCP and member of the FPA Research committee. 

Student experience, patient safety and staff development are at the heart of Kate’s work. She aims to build a cohesive, open and supportive environment for the teaching team, thereby ensuring students have an optimum experience and are empowered to bring about positive change in their chosen areas of work.


Kate has experience of teaching, leading, assessing and quality assuring across the PA curriculum. She has held external examiner roles and examines nationally for the PA qualifying OSCE (PANE). 

Selected publications

"Physician associates advance patient safety" Future Healthc J Nov 2021, 8 (3) e613-e615; DOI: 10.7861/fhj.2021-0178 

"Pharmacology for physician associate programmes: a collaborative, flexible and responsive approach to curriculum design" Future Healthc J Nov 2021, 8 (3) e580-e584; DOI: 10.7861/fhj.2021-0099 

Editorial: "Cornerstones to Progressing the Physician Associate Profession: Post Qualification Training and Development" Future Healthc J March 2022, DOI: 

"Preparing Physician Associates to Prescribe: Evidence, Educational frameworks, and Pathways". Future Healthc J March 2022, DOI: 

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