What is the standard sessional rate?

The current rate for a CMT session is £157.88 Payment offsets the cost of covering the GP teacher’s responsibilities at their practice. You are eligible for this payment whether your time is spent teaching or training for teaching. Payments are made directly to the practice.

What is the minimum/maximum teaching commitment?

There is none. The minimum teaching commitment is one two-hour session a week for a period of 5 weeks (Clinical Methods Teaching). We understand how busy you are so we try to be as accommodating and flexible as we can. We find that GP teachers benefit from regular teaching to keep in touch.

Do I need to be working in a practice in order to teach?

No, we welcome all GPs to train to become teachers. As most of our courses are practice-based, we would normally expect your practice to provide a room and patients. However, if this is not possible we would do our best to make alternative arrangements.

How do I book a place on a training course?

Email your details to us here or give us a call on +44(0)20 7594 0768/3352. Alternatively you can book a place on the Introduction to Teaching in Primary Care course directly through the London Deanery at www.londondeanery.ac.uk

Where in London do you require teaching practices?

The bulk of our teaching is undertaken in North-West London, West London and South-West London. We also require training practices outside London for the Year 6 GPSA course.

How many students would I be required to teach?

First Clinical Attachment group leaders teach 10-12 students. Clinical Methods Teaching is in small groups of 4-6 students. GPPHC and GPSA are both three-week placements for a single student.

Can I still teach if there is already a GP teacher at my practice?

Yes. We are happy for two GPs at the same practice to function separately and provide two student placements where this is practical. We would also be happy for two GPs to share the teaching responsibility as long as one took overall responsibility for the student's assessment.

How long does the training take?

Imperial College provides a one day introductory course which is mandatory if you are starting to teach Clinical Methods Teaching (CMT). The London Deanery course (Introduction to Teaching in Primary Care) is a more general introduction to teaching skills and takes place over two consecutive days.

Will someone come and visit the practice to ensure it’s suitable?

Yes. Your local academic supervisor will visit.

What is required of my practice?

Practice commitment varies depending on the particular course you are teaching. As a general rule a teaching room is required and patients who will not mind a student sitting in on their consultations and asking questions. We will provide signs and information for your patients. For Years 5 and 6 courses we recommend that students spend time with other health care professionals at the practice.

Who can I contact for more information?

Please contact Nadine Engineer (n.engineer@imperial.ac.uk) for further details.