Information for GP teachers
Welcome to the teaching part of the CAPC website.
COVID-19 Update: Clinical placements in General Practice have been suspended for the rest of the academic year. We are now recruiting practices for the 2020-21 academic year starting in September. We appreciate that there is still a great deal of uncertainty and we are hoping practices will have the flexibility to adapt to online teaching if required (with appropriate training).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to join the team
- Recruitment is now live for the 2020-21 academic year. If you haven't received an invite and would like to teach at your practice, please email email@example.com
- Coronavirus - see here for information given to students
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.