James Catton

Senior lecturer practitioner, Physician Associate MSc

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Medicine and Social Care

School:School of Medicine

Location: Chelmsford

James has worked as a physician associate since 2018, across acute medicine and general practice. James is the PA ambassador covering Suffolk and northeast Essex, and hosts a podcast all about physician associates.

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James was one of the first physician associates to train in the East of England, and upon qualification began work in a split post covering both acute medicine and general practice.

James has now focused on general practice, and has a passion for developing the physician associate student experience locally. James has worked as a physician associate ambassador for Suffolk and northeast Essex since November 2020; in this role, James has been involved in writing policy documents for PAs, improving the PA student experience and advocating for the PA profession locally.

James has hosted a physician associate podcast since March 2021, covering topics about GMC regulation, the history of the profession, and interviews with PAs who work in various specialties.

James has a special interest in the education of physician associate students, and takes pride in supporting and building the profession locally.


  • Physician Associate MSc


  • BSc with First Class Honours in Biomedicine
  • MSc with Distinction in Molecular Medicine
  • MSc in Physician Associate Studies
  • Physician Associate national certification exam
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Improving Diabetes Care