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:

  1. Teaching in Years 1-3 will be taught online until half-way through the academic year (end Jan 2021)
  2. 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.
  3. 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 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:

GP 1
WhenThursday. 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.  

GP 2
WhenThursday (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.  

GP 3
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.

GP 4
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.

 GP 5 
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 to join the team



The opportunity to teach medical students was one of the main things that attracted me to a job at Pioneer Medical. This year I'm teaching 1st year medical students in practice. It really adds variety to the week and they bring a fresh perspective to my work. Patients seem to love having the students visit them at home.

Dr Polly Duncan, Bristol GP

They keep me on my toes clinically and never cease to fill me with optimism about the future of the profession amidst all the negativity. It's quality time discussing clinical issues with fellow professionals who haven't had time to get as cynical as me and my peers yet! How very refreshing and energising.

Dr Andrew Eaton, Somerset GP

See below to find out more about the teaching in each year

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