Information for GP teachers
Welcome to the teaching part of the CAPC website.
Would you like to teach Bristol medical students in the 2021-22 academic year?
We're now recruiting for the 2021-22 academic year. Please download our CAPC Teaching Brochure (PDF, 2,086kB) to see what's on offer in each year and sign your practice up for teaching in the new academic year. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We will provide you with all the support you need and no previous teaching experience is needed.
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 BNSSG and central Bath practices in Year 1. They have seven or eight sessions in practice on a Thursday as a group of six. They have four 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 three or four 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.
Students only go to BNSSG and central Bath practices in Year 2. There are a total of five or six sessions in practice on a Thursday as a group of six students. 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 six. The year is split into two blocks, each of eight days in general practice. The first seven days of each block are practice based and the last block is based at the academy. For part of the day the GP facilitates a workshop with the students and for the other part of the day, some students will be consulting with the GP observing whilst other students undertake a mixture of observing other health professionals within the practice and self directed learning.
In Year 4, students come out to practice every Wednesday as two pairs (four students) or three pairs (six students) for a placement every week for 18 weeks. Each student 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.
In the 2021-22 Academic Year, the Year 5 placement is increasing to a nine week block as a pair of students. 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.