These pages are for GP teachers. If you are interested in studying medicine at Bristol, please see details of our MB ChB Medicine course.
This first section refers to teaching in the 2021-22 Academic Year. For teaching in the 2020-21 Academic Year, please see further down the page.
2021-22 Academic Year
In Year 5 students will undertake a 9 week block placement in primary care. They will have completed finals at the end of Year 4 and will have just returned from an 8 week elective. It is an apprentice style placement as part of their Preparing for Professional Practice (PPP) course which also includes 9 weeks of both ward based care and acute and critical care. The main focus of the primary care placement is on the student consulting with patients independently and practising decision making.
Aim of the Placement
To prepare students for working as an F1 doctor by learning in the Primary Care setting.
How the placement works
Students will come in pairs for a 9 week block. They will be out of practice every Wednesday for small group teaching. There are no prescribed teaching themes and the placement can be designed flexibly to meet the individual students’ learning needs. We suggest a minimum of 4 student-led surgeries and one observed surgery each week. The students will also undertake a small project for the practice.
Student led Surgery
Students have their own list and consult in pairs or alone followed by a senior review after each patient.
Students consult individually with direct observation and feedback from student colleague and supervisor.
Students can spend one session a week with an allied health care professional. This could include, but is not limited to, practice nurses, district nurses, pharmacists, midwives, health visitors, drugs workers, MSK practitioners and social prescribers.
We would like you to suggest at least 1 patient to the students to follow-up during their attachment. Examples include a recently discharged patient or a newly diagnosed patient with diabetes.
The students need to demonstrate satisfactory attendance and engagement with the placement. The students will also need to complete at least one satisfactory Mini-Cex examination during the placement. This is an observed consultation to the level of an F1 doctor.
The students will have one session a week to plan and deliver a community based project. They will have some central teaching from the university to support this.
Year 5 Teaching Dates
Block A: 4th November 2021 to 21st January 2022
Block B: 24th January 2022 to 25th March 2022
Block C: 28th March 2022 to 10th June 2022
GP5 Frequently asked questions
How many students?
We would like you to take one pair of students per block. You are welcome to take a single student but the payment will be half of that advertised. If you have capacity you are welcome to have a second pair of students per block but they will need to have their own supervisor and consult independently to the other student pair.
Will students need their own room?
Yes, we would suggest that students consult independently in pairs or alone at least 4 sessions a week. We would expect them to have their own list of patients to consult prior to a senior review.
Can more than one GP deliver the teaching?
One GP needs to take responsibility, oversee the teaching and provide continuity. Other GPs and allied health professionals can contribute to teaching. It is hoped that all team members will welcome the students and help to facilitate their learning.
What if I’m away during the 9 weeks?
We appreciate you will have annual leave. Please arrange for a colleague to organise and supervise the students when you are away.
Can I change the timings of the day?
You can arrange this with the students. We appreciate that a standard GP day is longer than an average working day. We are happy for students to start later and finish earlier on some days as long as they complete 32 hours a week with you.
How can I find out more information about Year 5?
Visit the Year 5 teaching page of our website at:
Who do I contact if I still have queries?
Please contact the Primary Care teaching team: email@example.com
2021-22 Cluster Based Teaching
This year we are running "Cluster Based Teaching" sessions for the students during their year 5 primary care attachment similar to that done in postgraduate teaching.
Groups of 4-8 students from local practices will meet centrally in their academy for one session each week. This will be facilitated by a GP tutor. The aim of this session would be to give each student an opportunity to learn how different practices work, meet up and discuss issues that have arisen, and be able to share knowledge and experience within the group.
Useful links for Year 5 GP Teachers (documents relate to 2020-21 unless otherwise stated)
- GP5 Teacher Guide 2021-22 (PDF, 1,040kB)
- Year 5 Primary Care Handbook for Students 2021-22 (PDF, 1,255kB)
- Year 5 Student Workbook 2020-21 (PDF, 226kB)
- CAPS Log book (PDF, 1,122kB)
- Case-based discussion 2021/22 (PDF, 59kB)
- CCA Assessor guidance (PDF, 717kB)
- Examiner Training for workplace-based assessment Yr5 2021/22 (PDF, 778kB)
- CBD CCA (PDF, 451kB)
- Mini-CEX CCA (PDF, 357kB)
- Minicex Yr5 2021/22 (PDF, 61kB)
- UMEP CCA for assessors 2019-20 (PDF, 233kB)
- Patient Satisfaction Questionnaire (PDF, 241kB)
- OOH Student Handbook Care UK 2019 (PDF, 656kB)
- OOH Student Handbook Devon Doctors 2019 (PDF, 644kB)
- OOH Guide Medvivo (PDF, 202kB)
- Student remote consulting (PDF, 223kB)
- GP Teacher remote consulting guide (PDF, 195kB)
- Remote consulting observation & feedback form (PDF, 90kB)
- Link to Year 5 GP workshop recording
Primary Health Care makes a contribution to the Finals examination for Bristol medical students. This involves both core members of academic staff and GP teachers from local practices. We are always keen to hear from GP teachers who would like to be involved.