Students spend six weeks full time on a General practice placement.
Our overall aim is "to help all students to become better doctors, irrespective of their current career preference or eventual career choice". We also aim to provide an introduction to general practice and primary care in all its facets and to help students experience independent practice whilst learning good medicine in that context. These general practice firms are an integral and compulsory part of the curriculum.
Students will attend practices in groups of two students. Occasionally some students may attend a practice on their own. There are two centrally based plenary days on the first Monday (or Tuesday, if a Bank Holiday is involved) and the last Friday of the six weeks. Students will experience and learn about the involvement of all those working in community based healthcare including the early discharge team, primary healthcare nursing teams, community pharmacy, home nursing and community rehabilitation.
They will be required to attend a session at a primary care Out-of-Hours centre and a session at a hospice. Otherwise students are required to attend your general practices every day except for Wednesday afternoons, which is the School's sports time. This may be negotiated with the student. Time off in lieu of attendance at the out of hours centre should be negotiated with the student.
The students learn through a variety of activities at the practice including student surgery sessions, professional shadowing, self-directed learning sessions (for topic work), topic tutorial sessions, letter writing exercise, case-based discussion as a group, and a group presentation.
Central organized teaching includes ethics, public health workshop, OSCE Clinical Skills sessions, prescribing workshop, sessions on clinical leadership and health at work including fit note certification by general practitioners.