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Year 1 & 2 - Clinical Skills Attachments

Year 1 & 2

Clinical Skills Attachments

As a consequence of Covid19, the course will be delivered differently in 20-21.

You can find a handy Q+A at this link   Q+A-for-ZOOM-Clinical Skills Remote Teaching

Students will still have some face to face teaching in the Clinical Skills Education Centre to encourage ‘hands-on’ practise in a safe environment.

If you want further help or guidance, we can arrange a ZOOM tutorial or phone call

Please contact  Dr Janet Rogers  




In addition to sessions in the Clinical Skills Education Centre (CSEC) students are assigned in groups to clinical attachments either in the hospital wards or General Practice setting. In Year 1 Spring students attend for 9 weeks (Tuesday or Thursday) and practice clinical skills relating to the Respiratory, Cardiovascular and Renal systems.In Year 2 Autumn students attend for 11 weeks (Tuesday or Thursday) and practice clinical skills relating to Gastroenterology, Endocrine & Neurological systems. In Year 2 Spring students attend for 8 weeks (Monday or Friday) and practice clinical skills relating to the Musculoskeletal system, Thyroid gland and overall integration of clinical skills. 

N.B. This  is available only to those GP Practices within a 15 mile radius of QUB. 

If you are taking students for the first time, here are a few points to remember:

  • Take time with students to welcome and introduce them to the GP surgery. At the beginning discuss infection control and hand washing (available as a link in the Teachers area of the website), patient safety issues, and appropriate dress code.
  • The teaching in Clinical Attachment should closely reflect what has been taught in CSEC.
  • Note the DOCS- a formative feedback exercise that must be completed for each student
  • The students are also undertaking Family Attachment experience and Clinical
    Communication skills tutorials.
  • We ask the students to dress smartly, and tell the females not to wear low cut tops or low rise trousers.
  • The students will look to you as a role model – watching your interaction with the patients and all staff.
  • You may want to consider the following pattern for a typical session:
  1. Start the session by stating what you all hope to achieve.
  2. Ask the students if they have had any problems with last year or last week’s session or new terminology learned at the Clinical Skills Education Centre.
  3. Choose the students who may be in the ‘hot seat’ this week– this can be everyone if the group is small or you may want to vary it so that all students are seen performing over the weeks.
  4. Take the group to the patients.
  5. Perform the skills offering immediate feedback to those involved.
  6. Debrief away from the patient.
  7. Set goals for next week – looking at the study guide – and consider setting some ‘homework’. Students in the evaluation forms say that when they are expected to do tasks it makes them work harder.

More information is available on the Clinical Skills website teachers information