Are you interested in developing your teaching skills whilst also helping develop a workforce that can meet the health needs of our region, now and in the future? If so, becoming a placement provider for undergraduate medical students is a great opportunity for you and your practice.
Hull York Medical School is expanding to recruit an additional 90 students from 2019. This is good news for healthcare in our local region, and provides an opportunity for more GPs and practices to become involved in providing student placements.
The benefits of hosting students
As a placement provider, the benefits of hosting undergraduate medical students include:
- Being involved in training the workforce of the future, and interesting them in general practice as a career
- Offering a portfolio career for GPs who would like to balance clinical sessions with educational sessions
- Helping GPs stay up to date and increasing professional satisfaction
- A refreshing addition to the usual clinical week
- An opportunity for GPs to network with fellow tutors both in primary care and secondary care
- Developing links with students which may provide recruitment opportunities in future
“I am a GP in Helmsley Medical Centre, year 5 tutor and Educational Supervisor, and Associate Director of Primary Care Education in York. I started teaching year 5 in Helmsley when Hull York Medical School first set up, and have continued to enjoy this for the past 11 years.
“Prior to this I had no teaching experience as my practice is too small to be a training practice. Hull York Medical School provided all the tutor training I needed, and as I realised how much I enjoyed education I undertook the PGCME, which helped me develop and enjoy my teaching, and allowed me to increase my involvement with Hull York Medical School, as Associate Director of Primary Care Education.
“Teaching year 5 students is a very rewarding experience. The students are very nearly qualified at this stage, conduct their own surgeries, and enrich the practice team greatly. Patients enjoy consulting with a student, and as a tutor and role model it ensures I stay both up to date, and positive about general practice in today's very challenging NHS environment.
“I have found that time involved teaching Hull York Medical School students is a welcome break from the busy clinical workload, and my current roles have enabled me to reduce some clinical sessions, and achieve a better work balance.”
Dr Judith Matthews, GP Partner at Helmsley Medical Centre & Terrington Surgery
There are opportunities for developing new placements for each of the MBBS year groups and on different days of the week. These include:
"I am a Physician Associate clinical tutor and the Associate Director of Primary Care Education for North East Lincolnshire for Hull York Medical School. I also work as a GP partner at Holderness Health Alliance, at the Withernsea site.
"I have spent a long time in medical education as a GP Trainer and when Hull York Medical School opened it seemed a logical progression to help educate medical students and other practitioners, with the greater goal of increasing and improving the medical staffing and quality of healthcare in this part of the country.
"The work I do as a clinical tutor is largely surgery based, with observation and discussion of relevant cases, and should not be challenging to a GP. I am also required to give feedback and perform formative assessments, which again are quite straightforward.
"I have found all of my roles in education to be stimulating and rewarding, both providing a change from the routine work and expanding my abilities in communication and facilitating learning. I would recommend this type of activity as being both mentally stimulating, and a safeguard against burnout."
Dr Julian Clark, GP Partner at Holderness Health Alliance (Withernsea site)
Support and training for GP tutors
GPs receive a comprehensive tutor-training programme, which is run on all sites. You will be invited to initial training, and have support from other experienced tutors and faculty. Thereafter you are expected to undertake at least one training session on an annual basis but will also have access to online training and other mechanisms of support.
Remuneration for placements
Remuneration is competitive with rates that cover clinical backfill.
In addition, for the coming 2019/2020 academic year an additional incentive payment will be available to practices taking new and additional Phase 1 (Years 1 and 2) placement groups. This will support practices with backfill for tutor training and the purchase of equipment useful for teaching. For more details please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
How to become a placement provider
If you are interested in becoming a GP placement provider please contact us using the online form below, or email us at: email@example.com