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Neil Howie

Senior Lecturer and Deputy Course Leader

Institute of Health & Society

Contact Details

email: n.howie@worc.ac.uk

tel: 01905 54 2208

Neil qualified as a Physician Associate in 2011 and has since worked in A&E, acute medicine and primary care.

Neil completed an MSc in Health Sciences at Keele University in 2013, with a dissertation exploring the scope of practice of UK PAs. His current research interests include PA education, translational medicine, including the identification and development of biomarkers, the use of point-of-care testing, health inequalities, and the Physician Associate profession in the UK and its impact on patient care.

Neil runs two modules: Emergency Medicine and Evidence Based Practice, as well as teaching across other modules in the Physician Associate programme and acting as admissions tutor.       

Qualifications:

  • BSc (Hons) Archaeology with Social Biology – Winchester (2000)
  • CertHE Pre-Medical Studies – Lancaster (2006)
  • PgDip Physician Assistant Studies – Wolverhampton (2011)     
  • MSc Health Sciences – Keele (2013)
  • National Recertification Examination for Physician Associates – RCP Faculty of Physician Associates (2016)
  • PgCert Learning & Teaching in Higher Education – University of Worcester (2017)
  • Academic Leadership Course - University of Worcester (2017)  
Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research

Teaching Interests

Research Methods
Clinical Skills and Clinical Reasoning
Emergency Medicine
General Internal Medicine
Behavioural Medicine
Dissertation Supervisor

Research Interests

The Physician Associate profession in the UK:

  • Clinical supervision of Physician Associates
  • Workforce development
  • Developing internships and residencies for Physician Associates
  • Continuing professional development
  • Physician Associate regulation.

Clinical Simulation in medical education.
Point of care testing.
Healthcare inequalities and service provision.

Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Member of the RCP Faculty of Physician Associates
Member of the Physician Associate Managed Voluntary Register
Physician Associate in Emergency Medicine
Former Member of the Physician Associate Managed Voluntary Registry Commission
OSCE Examiner, National Certification Examination for Physician Associates

Publications

Publications

Howie, N (2017) Continuing professional development for Physician Associates in primary care, Education for Primary Care, DOI: 10.1080/14739879.2017.1305872

Ryder, A. Iwaszko, J. and Howie, N. (2016) Training Physician Associates: Which aspect of clinical learning does simulation best support? Unpublished conference poster presentation at AMEE 2016, 29th – 31st August 2016, Barcelona, Spain.

Iwaszko, J. & Howie, N (2016) What is a systematic review?. Unpublished conference presentation at Patient Worthy Medicine Conference, 6th – 7th May 2016, Philadelphia, USA.

Howie, N & Iwaszko, J. (2016) Randomised Control Trials. Unpublished conference presentation at Patient Worthy Medicine Conference, 6th – 7th May 2016, Philadelphia, USA.

Howie, N. Iwaszko, J. Ryder, A. and Garcia, D. (2016) Developing Physician Associate Educators of the Future. Unpublished conference poster presentation at The Inaugural Physician Associate Educators Summit, 14th – 15th April 2016, Worcester, UK.

Howie, N (2016) My role as a Physician Associate in Primary Care. Unpublished conference presentation at: A Practical Guide to Developing the Role of the Physician Associate,  1st March 2016, London, UK.

Howie, N (2015) A new kid on the block: the role of physician associates Clin Med June 2015 15:309-310; doi:10.7861/clinmedicine.15-3-309a

External Responsibilities

External Responsibilities

External Examiner for the Post-Graduate Diploma in Physician Associate Studies at University of Liverpool.