Teaching in practice, by year

These pages are for GP teachers. If you are interested in studying medicine at Bristol, please see details of our MB ChB Medicine course.

The Centre for Academic Primary Care is involved in the undergraduate curriculum for all five years.

Clinical Academies

In years 3,4 and 5, teaching in general practice takes place in the clinical academies. The University of Bristol has seven clinical academies in:

  • Gloucester
  • Somerset (Taunton and Yeovil)
  • Bath (North East Somerset)
  • Swindon
  • North Bristol (Southmead)
  • South Bristol (UBHT)
  • North Somerset (Weston General Hospital)

A clinical academy is an outpost of the medical school, a local college of clinical teachers. The purpose of the clinical academies is to deliver medical education to University of Bristol medical students, with one curriculum being delivered on many sites, led by an Academy Medical Dean, a senior clinician with designated sessions funded by the University of Bristol. The academies provide a wide range of clinical experience in all medical and surgical specialties, including community based teaching in general practice and psychiatry.

How does primary care fit in?

Each academy has an Academy GP lead who has a particular interest and skill in developing undergraduate education in general practice and are responsible both to the Academy Dean and the Head of Primary Health Care for ensuring that the primary care curriculum is delivered efficiently and effectively in their academy. They are responsible for helping recruit practices to the teaching programme and ensuring that the high standard of education is maintained, for developing initiatives such as small group teaching where there is a critical mass of students in any one locality, for helping manage and deliver assessments such as OSCEs at the academy, and for representing general practice at the Academy Board.

Contact details for the GP Academy leads

University of Bristol clinical academies
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