Primary Care Placements

We are partnered and have Service Level Agreements in place with over 100 GP surgeries to teach undergraduate medical students. We are always keen to hear from enthusiastic GP colleagues to help to train the next generation of doctors!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Aston Medical School (AMS) welcomed its first students in September 2018. We have 69 Year-1 students. AMS has been awarded government funding for 100 students from 2019.

AMS has a strong focus on Primary Care.

  • Year 1: Two weeks of an 'observational' placement, observing the breadth of the multidisciplinary team. The students gain an appreciation of the delivery of NHS services, develop their consultation skills, appreciate the holistic assessment and management of patients, and develop their professional identity

  • Year 2: 9 days developing their consultation skills, examination skills, and diagnostic reasoning skills. Students are placed in groups of approximately 8 at the same site, with direct teaching from their GP Educator

  • Year 3: 10 week placement

  • Year 5: 6 week placement

We have a wonderful opportunity to promote Primary Care and re-balance the workforce crisis we face, and AMS is directly addressing this. The Wass report (By choice - not by chance) recommends that students recognise the breadth and complexity of general practice care, have an increase in undergraduate general practice placements, and have positive and enthusiastic General Practitioner role models. There is a direct relationship between the percentage of clinical curriculum devoted to authentic general practice experience and subsequent career choice. Whether students choose a postgraduate training route in General Practice or not, you will be directly contributing to training well- rounded doctors who value Primary Care. AMS will also support you with CPD.

  • Week 1: week beginning 4th November 2019

  • Week 2: week beginning 1st June 2020

The placement is an observational placement, and there are no tutorials to deliver. Students spend time with the breadth of the Primary Care team, including both healthcare and administrative colleagues. The aims of the placement include gaining an appreciation of the delivery of NHS services, developing their consultation skills, appreciating the holistic assessment and management of patients, and developing their professional identity. Students are allocated to placement in at least pairs (and in larger numbers depending on the size of the surgery). The placement week is Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm (except Wednesday afternoons when the students are back at the University for their sports/ societies afternoon).

The GP Educator is overall responsible for the coordination of the placement, and providing individualised structured placement at the end of the week. Core activities of the placement week include:

  • Induction (a brief induction on Monday morning to include a meet and greet, general introduction to the practice, a tour, health and safety, etc.)

  • Reception (observing patients and receptionist interactions, both from behind and in front of the reception desk; and spending time talking to patients in the waiting room)

  • GP Clinic

  • Nurse Clinic

  • Longitudinal Patient (a patient is specifically selected by the GP educator for the medical students to consult with: the students gain an appreciation of the bio-psycho-social impacts of illness, and speak with the same patient in the second placement week in June, and then present the case in a poster presentation at the Medical School)

  • Student-led Feedback (students are required to seek feedback from both patients and healthcare staff on their performance)

  • Feedback (individualised feedback from the GP Educator for approximately 20 minutes at the end of each placement week)

In addition to the core activities, the GP Educator also coordinates the timetabling of supplementary activities, depending on the services delivered at the GP surgery:

  • Home visits

  • Chronic disease clinics

  • Baby clinics

  • Practice meetings

  • Significant event analysis meetings

  • Multidisciplinary team meetings

  • Healthcare Assistant or Physician Associate clinics

  • Community nursing experience

  • Ancillary services such as audiology, physiotherapy, podiatry, etc.

The timetable for the second week in June can be replicated, and to include additional supplementary experiences wherever possible. The students are able to integrate additional knowledge and skills they have accrued over the Year-1 teaching at the medical school into their learning, during the second placement week.

Absolutely, Aston Medical School will support you with training to establish your site as an undergraduate teaching practice.

  • A mandatory annual half-day training at the Medical School (which is funded)

  • If no previous experience in education, then training to up-skill

  • A commitment to engage in peer review of teaching every 3 years

  • Confirmation that the GP Educator has undertaken all mandatory training for their clinical role including training in Equality and Diversity, that there is sufficient time in their job plan to deliver the requirements of the placement, and that there are no GMC conditions in place, health matters, or pending investigations that restrict the role of the GP Educator

  • The GP surgery is within a commuting time of approximately 1 hour from the Medical School via public transport (if your surgery is further than this, you may be eligible for placements in subsequent years)

  • The most recent CQC overall rating is either Good or Outstanding

  • There is suitable capacity of facilities and staffing, including consultation rooms, IT access, clinical and administrative staff, and mechanisms for induction and reporting concerns

  • If the site is involved in teaching other healthcare professionals (either medical/nursing/ PA/pharmacy/HCA etc. at either undergraduate/postgraduate level), then there are suitable mechanisms to delineate responsibilities, make staff aware of the roles of each cohort, and there is sufficient capacity and no overall conflict of interest

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  • Over the next few months, Aston Medical School will offer a Service Level Agreement with your GP Surgery

  • Around Easter 2019, I will ask all GP Surgeries who have an SLA in place to state their capacity for teaching Year-1 students over 2019/20

  • A Quality Assurance visit will be arranged over the summer

  • If the GP Surgery is approved, training dates will be offered in September 2019

  • The first placement week is the week commencing 4th November 2019

Unfortunately not, as SLAs are signed between the Medical School and a GP Surgery, and not with an individual GP.