Information for GP teachers
Welcome to the teaching part of the CAPC website.
Urgent Recruitment Message
We have a major shortfall in practices offering to teach, putting our peerless Primary Care teaching in jeopardy. We hugely appreciate the change fatigue we’re all experiencing and would ask you to reconsider teaching this year. A <2min personal message from Prof Trevor Thompson FRCGP, Head of Teaching for Primary Care teaching is here:
The key changes are:
- Teaching in Years 1-3 will be taught online until half-way through the academic year (end Jan 2021)
- In year 4 we are offering two models. You have a choice of having 2 pairs of students in the practice every Wednesday as planned, or still two pairs but one pair coming in (PIN) and the other pair staying out (POUT) whilst learning remotely.
- As year Year 1 and 2 teaching is on online for the first part of the year, we are able to offer this teaching to all practices rather than just those in the Bristol area.
We will support you with everything you should need to teach online including support for online classrooms, “remote consulting” via accuRx and loads for SDL (Self-Directed Learning) materials for students.
What to do next:
If you would like to teach in the 2020-21 academic year and have not already registered your interest, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We will provide you with all the support you need and no previous teaching experience is needed. If you still want to teach but none of the options suit you, please let us know.
More details on the changes to each year:
When: Thursday. Each student has 7 or 8 GP sessions over the year. There are 4 GP sessions in Foundations of Medicine [October to December] with the other 3-4 sessions after Christmas. There have been some changes to the placement dates – please see that attached document that outlines placement dates for all years.
What: Groups of 4-6 students. Foundations of Medicine GP Placements will occur online only. GPs are asked to invite one patient to each virtual session, to talk with the students about their health care experience.
When: Thursday (on alternate weeks to the Year 1 GP Placements). Each student has 5 or 6 GP sessions over the year starting in late October.
What: Groups of 4-6 students. For the first part of the year teaching will take place on-line. GPs are asked to invite 1-2 patients to each virtual session, for the patient to talk with the students about their experience of illness relevant to the symptom based case they are studying e.g. skin problems, infections, chest pain, breathlessness etc.
When: Tuesdays (x7 Tuesdays on alternate weeks from September until Christmas)
What: Online only for the first block, until January 2021. A mixture of online workshop, consulting with actors and video consulting with patients.
When: Every Wednesday for 2x 18 week blocks
What: Two pairs of students (4 students). Either both pairs in surgery, or one pair in and one pair out (PIN and POUT model). The placement will be a mixture of surgeries, authentic tasks such as phlebotomy and quality improvement projects.
When: x3 four week blocks after Christmas
What: Hoping for business as usual – face to face teaching in practice with a pair of students. The students will mostly be expected to run their own clinics with GP supervision after each patient.
Did you know:
- over 150 practices across the region take University of Bristol medical students
- 75% of GP registrars are more likely to apply for a salaried job that includes regular teaching as part of the job role
- teaching improves morale amongst GPs and practice staff
- teaching helps you stay up to date
- we run a free CPD progamme for our teachers
- you can keep up to date through our newsletters
- email email@example.com to join the team
See below to find out more about the teaching in each year
Students only go to Bristol practices in Year 1. They have 7 or 8 sessions in practice on a Thursday. They have 4 placements in their Foundations of Medicine block to introduce them to the healthcare environment and talking with patients. The second part of the year sees the start of the Case Based Learning (CBL) cycle where the students spend two weeks discussing a particular case. The students will come out to practice on 3 or 4 of their CBL cycles where they will meet patients and practice basic clinical skills linked to the particular case they are studying. For each case based fortnight students will alternate their visits to primary care with secondary care visits.
In Year 2 there are a total of 5 or 6 sessions in a practice. In the Autumn students cover: Skin, Body Defence, Pharmacology and Therapeutics, and Anaemia, Blood and Clotting. In GP, students should learn about the clinical themes being taught from the patients they meet in practice. After Christmas, the cases cover specific symptoms; chest pain, breathlessness, abdominal symptoms, joint pain, urinary thirst and weight loss, headache and collapse. For this symptom-based teaching, GP tutors should invite two patients with conditions relevant to the symptom the students are covering and help students practice gathering clinical information through history, examination and investigation.
In Year 3, students come out to the practice for a whole day every fortnight as a group of 6. The year is split into two blocks, each of 8 days in general practice. The first 7 days of each block are practice based and the last block is based at the academy. For one half of the day the GP facilitates a workshop with the students and for the other half of the day, some students will be consulting with the GP observing whilst other students undertake a mixture of home visits and self directed learning.
A new Year 4 curriculum is starting in September 2020. Students will be coming out to practice every Wednesday as a group of 4 students for a placement every week for 18 weeks. Each students has two 18 week placements over the year in two different practices. The emphasis is on becoming embedded in your team, experiential learning, carrying out authentic tasks and longer term follow up of patients.
As part of their ‘Preparing for Professional Practice’ course in Year 5, students spend 4 weeks in General Practice. They go to GP surgeries in pairs and observe each other in shared surgeries. We recognise the diversity of ‘what comes through the door’ in general practice and ask you to focus on developing the students by asking them to provide care to your patients, both in and out of the consulting room.
Student Choice (formerly SSCs)
There are opportunities for students to do Student Choice projects in Primary Care and audit projects in general practices are popular. You would be supervising a student doing a project of your or their choice, including marking the completed project. For more information, see our Student Choice pages.