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There has never been a more important time to influence the future of General Practice and the Department of Primary Care and Public Health wants to work with you to achieve this.

With responsibility for General Practice teaching as part of our undergraduate programme, the department works closely with the medical school, GPs and their Practices throughout the six years students are with us. During this time, students learn from observation of GP consultations but also through (by their third year of the degree) running their own consultations alongside their supervising GP. They are additionally taught in alternative community settings and also in department teaching sessions.

The Department provides full teacher training and refresher courses for GPs and is always ready to recruit new enthusiastic and dynamic GP teachers to teach students. The course is free if you commit to teaching students in your practice.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss the different teaching options please contact our Faculty Development Manager Nadine Engineer.

Getting involved

The majority of teaching options involve hosting and teaching medical students within a GP Practice setting. To read more about our courses please see the Undergraduate Primary Care Courses page.

We’ll help train you in readiness to teach and in most cases will need to arrange a practice visit from our Faculty Development Manager to discuss your teaching experience and the learning environment in the Practice.  Once approved as one of our teachers and teaching practices you will then be able to host Imperial College medical students on their GP placements.

We can also offer you an opportunity to have your teaching observed and if you do start teaching for us we will also pay your Practice to help offset any loss of service costs. We are committed to providing you with ongoing lifelong teaching skills which will keep you up to date with current teaching methodologies and as such once you have become one of our teachers you would have access to our Additional Skills courses run throughout the year and our Annual Teacher’s Conference all of which are free to attend.

Support and training for GP teachers

TaCTIC: Training Course for Teachers at Imperial College

An interactive one-day course designed to give you a mix of theory and practical guidance on developing your teaching skills that can be applied in the workplace environment.  It is suitable for new teachers who would like to start teaching medical students in their GP practice or for existing Imperial GP teachers who would like to update their skills. The afternoon part of the course we use current medical students as part of small group teaching/tutorial sessions with real-life cases experienced recently by the students.

The course is generic and is suitable for all clinicians and non-clinicians wishing to gain overall teaching skills.

Our popular RCGP accredited Training Course for Teachers at Imperial College (TaCTIC) is now digital. We will be running this as a condensed online course via Zoom as follows:

This course provides theory and practical advice on developing your existing teaching skills, and will enable you to start teaching medical students for Imperial College London.

TaCTIC pre-course video

After watching the pre course video below, you can further develop your teaching skills more formally by booking onto one of our TaCTIC course dates.

We also offer Additional Skills courses for existing Imperial College GP teachers.

Additional Skills for teachers at Imperial College (ASTIC)

  • The Mindful Clinician: Yoga & mindfulness as a clinical educator
  • Coaching for clinical teachers
  • Teaching when time is short
  • Giving effective feedback
  • Teaching challenging students and challenging excellent students
  • Reflective Practice

If you are interested in any of these courses please contact our Faculty Development Manager Nadine Engineer dates for these courses vary throughout the year.