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Year 1 & 2 - Clinical Skills Attachments

Year 1 & 2

Clinical Skills Attachments

Teaching in Spring semester will take place remotely via ZOOM and in practice (Covid guidance permitting)

The tutor update video recording for those teaching in Spring 2022 is at the  link below. The password is the same for all videos on this site (which is the same as for GPNI website videos)

Clinical Experience Course Spring 2022 Tutor Recording

The presentation from the tutor update session is at the link below

Clinical Experience Teacher Update Jan 2022 slide presentation

Clinical Experience teacher update pdf format Jan 2022

More information is available at this link Clinical Skills website teachers information

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 Friday) and practise clinical skills relating mainly to the Respiratory, Cardiovascular and some musculoskeletalsystems.

In Year 2 Autumn students attend for c.11 weeks (Monday or Thursday) and practise clinical skills relating to Gastroenterology, Endocrine & Neurological systems. (Note for Autumn 2021 this will be remotely taught)

In Year 2 Spring students attend for c.9 weeks (Monday or Thursday) and practise clinical skills relating to the neurological andmusculoskeletal systems,as well as overall revision &integration of all clinical skills as they prepare for third year. 

N.B. This is available to those GP Practices within a 15 mile radius of QUB and who are eligible for SUMDE payment through a GP practice. 

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 so a detailed timetable will be provided.
  • Note  DOCS ( Direct Observation of Clinical Skills)- this is a formative feedback exercise that must be completed for each student
  • The students are also undertaking Family Attachment experience and Clinical
    Communication skills tutorials.
  • Students should adhere to the dress code policy when attending their Clinical Attachment teaching each week.
  • 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.
  8. * teachers need to organise 1 -2 patients for each week so that the students can practise history taking and relevant examination skills

Note that from Spring 2020 many changes in the above course have been brought about due to Covid-19

e.g. all or some of the sessions have had to be delivered remotely but the involvement of patients in the teaching is required in most sessions.

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