Becoming a GP teacher at Imperial College London
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.
The majority of the following teaching options involve hosting and teaching medical students within a GP Practice setting:
Year 1: Patients, Communities and Healthcare (PCH)
Course Lead: Dr Viral Thakerer
Patients, Communities and Healthcare provides students with their first taste of a GP Practice and seeing patients in their own homes. The course will provide students with the opportunity for consistency at the same practice for the duration of the academic year, gaining an understanding of the patient journey over time.
Groups of 6 or 12 students will spend 8 Thursdays in a GP Practice over the course of the year between November and March.
The morning will be spent with students in pairs visiting a few patients in their homes, with the afternoon back at the Practice for a de-brief about the patients followed by a tutorial which we will supply guidance for. The student pairs on a rotational basis will have the opportunity to sit in and observe a GP surgery at the Practice in the morning once during the year.
As the GP supervisor, you will select appropriate patients for the student to visit, with the aim that they will be able to follow these patients throughout the year, as well as conduct the de-briefs and tutorials.
This is a brand new course for 2019 and will roll out to all year 1 MBBS students.
Practices must commit to the full year (Nov to March).
£4320 for 6 students every other Thursday
£8640 for 6 students every Thursday
£8640 for 12 students every other Thursday
£17,280 for 12 students every Thursday
Year 2: Second Clinical Attachment (SCA)
Course Lead: Dr Neepa Thacker
The Second Clinical Attachment (SCA) has been designed in order to give students early exposure to general practice and to support their early history taking.
The students have a single session in a GP practice. They attend in groups of 4 in early December (only) and the session lasts 2.5 hours.
The aim of the session is to give each student hands-on experience of taking histories from ‘real-life’ patients. They should have the opportunity to practise their skills under supervision and receive feedback.
The session consists of a debrief and group discussion with all 4 students to debrief them on their history taking experience so far– 30 minutes.
Supervised history taking where all 4 students sit in with you while you see patients together as a group. Patients could be well-known cases and brought in specifically for the session, or acute on-the-day appointments booked into a teaching clinic. The history-taking experience in each case is quite different, and it would be ideal to allow the students to experience both – 2 hours total.
£170.51 per session – practices may host multiple sessions on different dates where capacity allows.
Year 3: Medicine in the Community Apprenticeship (MICA)
Course Lead: Dr Nina Dutta
The MICA course aims to provide students with a longitudinal learning experience where they will spend 10 weeks as an ‘apprentice’ in a General Practice. The aim is to provide an immersive experience where students will learn about all aspects of life as a GP.
As part of the course students are required to run their own independent parallel consulting clinics, working in their own consulting room alongside their supervising GP holding their own surgery. They will spend some time visiting patients at home and carrying out a Community Action Project (CAP) to deliver an intervention which aims to make a significant and sustainable difference to the local community – this project is presented at the end of term.
A pair of students will be allocated to you for 7 sessions a week over a 10 week period.
On a weekly basis this consists of 4 independent clinics (one of which may be an ‘experience’ session), 1 tutorial, 1 visiting session and 1 session for CAP project time.
Students will attend an ‘experience session’ within a specialised clinic arranged either within your Practice or centrally by the medical school. These may consist of the students spending time with other healthcare professionals in the Practice (for e.g. nurses, HCAs, pharmacists) or joining a specialised clinic held at the Practice (e.g. minor surgery, Diabetes, COPD, Asthma).
In addition students will carry out home visits once per week to patients with long term conditions. Tutorials once per week will also be delivered, topics for these will be linked to the clinical skills and methods teaching that the students receive once per week in a hospital setting.
Term 1 - £8192 (10 weeks)
Term 2 - £7372 (9 weeks)
Term 3 - £7372 (9 weeks)
Year 5: General Practice and Primary Health Care (GPPHC)
Course Lead: Dr Ali Dhankot
Our GPPHC course teaches students to apply a patient-centred approach to illness. The students observe the close doctor-patient relationship and the roles of other healthcare professionals in general practice.
GPPHC is the ideal opportunity for the students to develop their consultation and clinical skills. They also learn about the roles and responsibilities of a GP and other allied health professionals, e.g. Health Visitor, Pharmacist, and District Nurse. The attachment begins with an introduction and ends with a debrief in the Department. Twenty-one sessions are spent in the practice. Two further sessions in the Department concentrate on consultation skills, using role play with an actor and video feedback and cancer care in the community.
We would like to be students involved with all the different aspects of a practice and its staff
The GPPHC course runs twelve times per year and you may teach on as many, or as little of these as you wish. Students are completely submerged into practice life for the three weeks and the support and encouragement they receive from you and your practice team will be essential. You will discuss personal learning objectives, ensure your student achieves essential activities including DOPS, provide them with a patient with chronic illness to complete patient project and deliver one to one teaching.
Most importantly, students will independently consult under the supervision of you and time must be identified for them to receive feedback.
Hosting a student for three weeks, 12 times in a year - £11,342 for a full year or £945 per rotation
Year 5: Integrated Dermatology-General Practice course
Course Lead: Dr Senita Mountjoy
General Practice has collaborated with our Dermatology colleagues to develop this integrated course. During their three week hospital based Dermatology attachment, groups of six students come to your practice every Tuesday for three weeks in order to observe and consult on the type of dermatology cases that present in your every day consultations. Webcams are provided and used in teaching consultations to minimise the number of students in the consulting room making for a more comfortable patient experience, without detracting from the experience of those observing. Tutors will also run problem-based learning style tutorials at the practice.
In addition, students receive weekly Departmental teaching sessions including resource allocation sessions and a session on developing diagnostic skills in dermatology through observational art workshops.
The Integrated Dermatology-General Practice course runs twelve times per year and you may teach on as many, or as little of these as you wish. GPs will provide protected time to co-consult on dermatology patients and debrief with students as well as run tutorials at the Practice. Material will be provided to guide your tutorials.
6 students for 6 sessions in a 3 week rotation, 12 times in a year - £19,442 for a full year or £1620 per rotation
Year 6: General Practice Student Assistantship (GPSA)
Course Lead: Dr Sian Powell
The Year 6 General Practice Student Assistantship aims to prepare students towards graduation by developing their skills in consulting and managing patients independently, under close supervision. Students should be given opportunities to become fully immersed in the work and life of the practice, as they work alongside their supervising GP. They should hold their own clinics so that they can improve their consulting and decision-making processes whilst dealing with everyday primary care problems, and start to learn the art of managing risk and uncertainty, all of which underpin high-quality general practice.
The course assessments are designed to support this learning in practice and facilitate giving feedback and reflection.
The GPSA course runs six times per year from August to February and you may teach on as many, or as few of these as you wish. Practices for this attachment are based outside of London only.
Students attend a four-week residential placement, with the first and last day taking place at the department for introductory and debrief tutorials. In some cases, students stay with their GP Teachers or someone from the practice, or they may arrange their own accommodation as many take the opportunity to stay at home.
Whilst on the placement, students will need to complete a number of their own GP clinics (under supervision), complete a brief clinical audit as well as two case-based discussions, and two mini-clinical evaluation exercises.
1 student for 4 weeks in a UK practice outside London
£1,395 per rotation (non-residential)
£1,995 per rotation (residential)
Year 6: F-Zero
The F-Zero course is an innovative new course based in Year 6 (final year) of the Imperial MBBS course. The course is based on the model of longitudinal integrated clerkship (LIC), backed by international evidence and our own research and innovation at Imperial.
F-Zero students will be based in GP, Medicine & Surgery all the way through their academic year (July to February), learning how to integrate primary and secondary care, whilst taking a meaningful and authentic role in the care of patients and in their respective clinical teams.
30 students have self-selected to take part in the course in 2019-2020 which will be replacing the traditional Year 6 curriculum at Imperial. They will be based at Northwick Park Hospital and a surrounding GP practice that refers to Northwick for the whole of the academic year. Each student will have 3 supervisors: a GP, medical consultant and surgical consultant.
- You will host pairs (up to 3 pairs) of final year medical students
- The students will act as true apprentices, running independent clinics for 1 day a week over 24 weeks, able to see all patients and take an active part in the GP Practice activities.
- You will provide a half-day tutorial weekly (which includes pastoral supervision for the students)
What is the benefit for you?
- The students are also working in Northwick Park Hospital and will have additional medical and surgical consultant supervisors. This allows for a true opportunity for bridges between primary and secondary care
- You will be training final year students who are highly skilled and able to aid with service delivery
- A chance to develop a true mentoring relationship with these students
- Professional development for you as a tutor to develop educational skills
The practice will be remunerated at a rate of £8553.60/pair for the academic year (July to February)
Year 6: GP Specialty Choice Placements (SCPs)
Promoting Health Equity - Year 5
Doctors and medical students often treat the most vulnerable groups in society without knowledge of the wider context of social exclusion and marginalisation, and the difficulties individuals may have in accessing health care and support. Furthermore, doctors and medical students often have not received training in communication & health promotion skills that aim to empower individuals and communities. Through this SCP, students are immersed in community settings which currently include primary care clinics for the homeless, a refugee clinic, homeless hostels and a local community centre. They will take on meaningful roles and gain understanding of the health and social needs of people from marginalised groups, with potential for developing skills in inter-professional learning, community & capacity building, quality improvement, health promotion and leadership. In several cases, students taking this SCP have been inspired to pursue a healthcare career working with vulnerable patient groups.
The SCP runs several times per year between July and March and you can choose how many sessions you are able to teach. Depending on your preference, students can spend as little as half a day or instead several whole days within your setting observing and interacting with patients and/or learning from what you do. If you work in a relevant community setting and think you may be able to offer a student placement during the year please do get in touch.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss the different teaching options please contact our Faculty Development Manager Nadine Engineer.
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.
More information and to book these next scheduled dates go to:
Courses are every 2 months and further dates can be found on Eventbrite, or here once booking opens.
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.