Year 5

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

Preparing for Professional Practice

Welcome to the Year 5 Primary Care attachment 2019-20.  The Primary Care attachment is part of the 12 week course Preparing for Professional Practice (PPP). Students in pairs have a three or four week attachment to a General Practice.

The students are almost doctors and are being prepared for the world of work by polishing their clinical skills, practising decision making and learning the realities of how the system of healthcare works. We recognise the diversity of ‘what comes through the door’ in general practice and so are no longer asking you to teach to prescribed themes but rather focus on developing the students by asking them to provide care to your patients, both in and out of the consulting room.

Cluster based teaching

This year we are running a new "Cluster Based Teaching" session for the students during their year 5 primary care attachment similar to that done in postgraduate teaching.

Groups of 4-8 students from local practices will meet centrally in their academy for one session each week.  This will be facilitated by a GP tutor. The aim of this session would be to give each student an opportunity to learn how different practices work, meet up and discuss issues that have arisen, and be able to share knowledge and experience within the group.

Useful links for Year 5 GP Teachers

Finals examinations

Primary Health Care makes a contribution to the Finals examination for Bristol medical students.  This involves both core members of academic staff and GP teachers from local practices.  We are always keen to hear from GP teachers who would like to be involved.


The GP made us feel very welcome and at ease to ask questions throughout which I found particularly helpful. He was very keen to teach and vastly helped clarify and improve my understanding of various disorders and treatments.

Bristol Medical Student
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