Honorary teacher scheme

The aim of this scheme is to acknowledge the commitment of GP teachers and to support and further develop undergraduate teaching in General Practice in the footprint of Bristol Medical School.


  • To acknowledge GPs’ commitment to teaching
  • To provide an incentive to teach for GPs through the benefits of the scheme
  • To support ongoing quality improvements in undergraduate GP teaching
  • To further develop our ‘virtual community’ of GP Teachers

Benefits to GP teachers

  • Honorary Clinical Teacher status and certificate
  • Access to University library facilities
  • University email address and optional U-card

Minimum Eligibility Criteria

There are four criteria described under the headings below and you will need to meet the minimum standard of these criteria to be eligible.

1. Teaching Commitment

GP teachers need to make a substantial teaching commitment over three consecutive academic years. GP teachers become eligible if they have taught in the two years preceding the application and are teaching in the year of their application, and they anticipate continuing to provide a substantial commitment in at least two out of every three years.

We currently define a ‘substantial teaching commitment’ as providing the following level of teaching commitment in any one academic year:

  • Eight half day GP placement sessions in Years 1, 2 or 3, or
  • Eight half day sessions made up of different teaching activities eg. GP placement, consultation skills, OSCE sessions, WPC, 2-in-1, etc., or
  • Being the lead GP for a four week placement in Year 4, or two fortnightly placements in year 5, or
  • Being the lead GP for two weeks of Years 4 or 5 GP placement plus 4 other sessions.

2. Workshop Attendance

GPs need to have attended a relevant Primary Health Care GP teacher workshop, run by the Centre for Academic Primary Care in the previous or current academic year leading up to the application.

3. Feedback

There must be no serious adverse feedback from students, teaching administrators, academy administrators and academy GP leads in the year preceding the application and during the three years of the HCT scheme.

There must not be any adverse information regarding the general professional conduct of the GP teacher (GMC, PCT etc. issues)

4. Teaching Standards

GP teachers need to be familiar with and fulfil the essential criteria of our Teaching standards. 

The relevant teaching standards documents can be found here, but will also be sent out with the invitation to apply for the scheme in mid November of each year. 

HCT status will be removed in the following situations

  • GP struck off
  • Complaint upheld by GMC
  • No student teaching for 2 years


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