What is Year 5 GP?
Y5 GP Attachments have been enhanced over the past several years, with all students assigned 2 x 2 week blocks in practice. This attachment builds on their experience gained in Y4 GP.
The main focus of these placements is for the students to gain direct patient contact, presenting cases to the GP and discussing management options.
GP and student feedback has been particularly positive where two students were placed with a practice together. This allows for peer learning in addition to their other experiences.
There is no formal assessment of this course. Students are preparing for clinical finals and find general practice a great place to gain experience and hone their clinical skills.
What will it involve for me as a tutor?
In 2020/21 the final week of the second 2 week block was converted to a self-study week due at short notice due to the impact of the pandemic and the upcoming Finals Exams. We don’t plan on doing that being the case this year.
Contact with QUB during 2020/21 involved a Wednesday afternoon session with QUB clinical facilitators and a Friday afternoon Zoom Session with QUB staff and patients suffering chronic pain.
Unlike Y4 GP time with other members of the practice team is not required and the focus is aimed at getting students direct patient contact by whatever means are available.
As a consequence of Covid19, this placement has been modified. Please read the documents below for more details:
Scope: Ensuring our graduating medical students are prepared for clinical practice is a key challenge for medical schools and is at the forefront of the minds of students at the point of transition from medical student to junior doctor.
Whilst Foundation doctors practice primarily in the hospital setting, their actions impact across the much broader context of the entire patient journey. There is much evidence about the difficulties and misunderstandings that can arise between primary and secondary care clinicians at the interface, which can adversely influence patient care. Foundation doctors are involved in the preparation and completion of medical discharge letters, which are the principal method of communication to primary care about new diagnoses, changes in medication and the need for on-going follow-up in the community.
Set within a 9-week predominantly hospital-based Assistantship the GP Assistantship gives the students the opportunity to consider their role and develop the skills that will help them to optimise the experience and safety of the patient at the transition from hospital to home.
Activities: Review of discharge letters, medicines reconciliation, Patient Journey narratives, Consultation Skills.
On the last day of the GP Assistantship week, the students meet as a group/cluster of approximately 8 with a GP acting as facilitator.
Scope: The students reflect on the GP Assistantship to maximise educational value of the learning opportunities in respect of Primary/Secondary Care interfaces, transitions of care across interfaces and the Patient Journey narratives.