Mrs Jeannie Watkins currently works on the Postgraduate Diploma for Physician Associate Studies, a programme she has worked on since 2009.
In conjunction with this, she has worked in general practice as a physician associate (PA) since qualifying from the pilot physician associate programme at St George's in 2007. Before this this she worked as a Healthcare Practitioner and then a Medical Care Practitioner as part of a Department of Health initiative and the Changing Workforce Programme which was considering new ways of working in the NHS.
Mrs Watkins is a nurse by profession; she later retrained as a physician associate. She has served as both vice president and president of the physician associates' professional body, the UK Association of Physician Associates (UKAPA). She is currently Director at Large for Regulation and Legislation and a member of the shadow board for the Faculty of Physician Associates at the Royal College of Physicians.
During her time as vice president and president of UKAPA, Mrs Watkins established the Joint Board for Physician Associates, and the Physician Associate Managed Voluntary Register. She also sits on the UK and Ireland Universities Board for PA Education and the exam subcommittee.
Mrs Watkins acts as an examiner for the final year undergraduate Medicine OSCE exams.
She the Clinical Placement Lead for both years of the postgraduate programme and sources, manages and oversees all of the clinical attachments, site visits, handbooks and clinical placement objectives. Mrs Watkins is an examiner for the internal and national exams for physician associates and contributes to blueprinting and writing of questions for these papers.
Mrs Watkins also teaches regularly on the programme, lecturing, teaching clinical exam skills and facilitating a weekly problem-based learning (PBL) group. She marks case histories and reflections (both formative and summative), as well as research methods assignments. She is a personal tutor for students on both years of the programme.
Mrs Watkins is currently an external advisor for the University of Plymouth and also external examiner for the University of Worcester Physician Associate programmes. She is working in conjunction with the Physician Associate Studies course director to raise the profile of the profession and to support other physician associate programmes opening across the country.
Currently Mrs Watkins is working in collaboration with universities across the country to advise and enable establishment of high quality physician associate programmes.
Mrs Watkins is involved at all levels with scholarship activities both within and outside of the university. She is an external examiner for the University of Worcester and Plymouth University. She advises universities around the country about developing physician associate programmes.
She is a member of the shadow board developing the Faculty of Physician Associates at the Royal College of Physicians. She also advises and leads on regulation for the profession.