Undergraduate Primary Care Courses
The GP courses covering the 6 years of the MBBS undergraduate degree are wide and varied. Please see below for further details. To find out more about how to become one of our approved primary care tutors and more information about opportunities please see Primary Care Teaching Opportunities
Year 1: Patients, Communities and Healthcare (PCH 1)
This is a community-based course for year one medical students at Imperial College. It runs from October until March. The aim of the course is for students to learn about and integrate the biological, psychological and social aspects of health, illness and disease, and relate these to patient experiences and health outcomes. This is the first contact students will have with patients at medical school.
Groups of 6 or 12 students will spend 8 Thursdays in a GP Practice over the course of the year between October and March.
You can choose the size of the group (6 or 12 students) and the number of groups (one or two).
There are four core activities: patient conversations, GP clinics, a community survey project and group tutorials.
There is flexibility as to how these are done.
Practices must commit to the full year (Oct to March).
£6720 for 6 students every other Thursday
£13,440 for 6 students every Thursday
£13,440 for 12 students every other Thursday
£26,880 for 12 students every Thursday
Year 2: Patients, Communities and Healthcare (PCH 2)
This is a new community-based module for Year 2 medical students at Imperial College from November 2020 until March 2021. The aim is for students to further develop skills in applying the biopsychosocial model to patient care, to practice taking histories and to develop health coaching skills in preparation for their clinical placements in year 3 and build on their skills learnt in primary care during PCH in year 1.
Groups of 6 or 12 students will spend 5 Tuesdays in a GP Practice over the course of the year between November and March.
There are four core activities: health coaching, GP teaching clinics, a community collaboration project and group tutorials. There is flexibility as to when during the day these are done.
This is a brand new course for 2020 and will roll out to all year 2 MBBS students.
Practices must commit to the full year (Nov to March).
£4,200 for 6 students every other Tuesday
£8,400 for 6 students every Tuesday
£8,400 for 12 students every other Tuesday
£16,800 for 12 students every Tuesday
Year 3: Medicine in the Community Apprenticeship (MICA)
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 - 9 weeks £8820
Term 2 - 8 weeks £7840
Term 3 - 8 weeks £7840
Year 5: General Practice and Primary Health Care (GPPHC)
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 - £17,640 for a full year or £1470 per rotation
Year 5: Longitudinal Integrated Apprenticeship (LIA)
The Longitudinal Integrated Apprenticeship (LIA) aims to provide students with a longitudinal authentic clinical experience, which prepares them for professional practice.
Students are based in General Practice for one day a week for the academic year and continue to attend their speciality placements on other days. Through their involvement in patient care within both settings, students will deepen their understanding of continuous, integrated care of acute and long-term conditions. During this time, they will also foster valuable relationships with their tutors, patients and peers.
A pair of students will attend your practice for one session every Thursday morning from the end of July to May (41 weeks). Students will manage and support a patient caseload (related to core Year 5 specialties), including seeing patients in surgery, at home or outpatient appointments.
Once a month, the pair of students will remain at your practice on Thursday afternoon for a tutorial delivered by yourselves (guiding materials will be provided for this). For the rest of the month, the students will attend other central teaching in the afternoon.
*7,140 - Every Thursday morning for 41 weeks + one Thursday afternoon per month
Additional £1,950 for hosting the same pair of students for their GPPHC rotation (see above)
*Subject to variation dependent on academic calendar
For a cluster practice an additional £8400 for the year to host a group tutorial once per month
Year 5: 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.
Year 6: General Practice Student Assistantship (GPSA)
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
£2,240 per rotation (non-residential)
£2,680 per rotation (residential)