Meet the haematology physician associates

 

Who are physician associates?

Physician associates (PAs) are medically trained, generalist healthcare professionals, who work alongside doctors and provide medical care as an integral part of the multidisciplinary team. Physician associates are dependent practitioners working with a dedicated medical supervisor, but are able to work autonomously with appropriate support (Faculty of Physician Associates, 2019).

Our PA team

We currently have three PAs working across our service based at Guy’s Hospital.

Jannah Orakatul

Jannah Orakatul, physician associate

Job title: physician associate
Email: orakatul.jannah@gstt.nhs.uk
Phone: 020 7188 2724

Biography: Jannah joined the haematology team in November 2018 after completing her physician associate training. She is currently working in the sickle cell team as part of the inpatient ward team in the assessment and management of patients admitted for sickle cell pain crisis. She also reviews patients admitted to Guy’s Hospital with general haematology issues such as ITP.

Jannah runs an outpatient clinic alongside the haematology consultants for patients with sickle cell disease. 

Education and training: Physician Associate National Certification, Royal College of Physicians, 2018; MSc Physician Associate, St George's, University of London, 2018; BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science, St George's, University of London, 2016

Jamie Saunders

Jamie Saunders, physician associate

Job title: physician associate
Email: jamie.saunders@gstt.nhs.uk
Phone: 020 7188 2724

Biography: Jamie joined the haematology team in November 2017 after completing his physician associate training in Essex. He worked for one year as part of the inpatient haemato-oncology ward team and now works in the outpatient setting on our haematology day unit, as well as running an outpatient general haematology clinic alongside the haematology consultants.

He is currently undertaking research into the physician associate profession, particularly with regards to PAs working within the haematology speciality. He sits on the Faculty of Physician Associates board representing PAs nationally and is part of the communications and educations committees at the British Society for Haematology.

He also lectures at the University of Worcester where he is an associate lecturer on the MSc Physician Associate course, as well as teaching at Brighton and Sussex Medical School on their PA programme.

He is currently studying for his postgraduate certificate in medical education at Newcastle University.

Education and training: Physician Associate National Certification, Royal College of Physicians, 2017; MSc Physician Associate, Anglia Ruskin University, 2017; BSc (Hons) Radiography – Diagnostic Imaging, City, University of London, 2012

Deborah Sealy

Deborah Sealy, physician associate

Job title: physician associate
Email: deborah.sealy@gstt.nhs.uk
Phone: 020 7188 2724

Biography: Deborah joined the haematology team in January 2018 after spending one year practising as a PA in general practice. She is based with the inpatient haemto-oncology team in the management and ongoing care of patients with leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Prior to this she worked as part of the inpatient sickle cell team, reviewing inpatients and conducting outpatient clinic reviews for patients with haemoglobinopathies.

She recently presented an academic poster on the introduction of Physician Associates in the Haematology department at the British Society for Haematology Annual Scientific Meeting in April 2018. She teaches and facilitates problem-based learning (PBL) sessions for Physician Associate students at St George’s University.

Education and training: Physician Associate National Certification, Royal College of Physicians, 2016; PgDip Physician Associate Studies, St George's, University of London, 2016; MSc Sexual and Reproductive Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 2014; BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science, St George's, University of London, 2011