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Year 5 - GP Placement/GP Assistantship

Year 5

GP Placement

Due to Covid19, these placements will be delivered differently in 20-21. Thank you to all practices who supported these medical students during the pandemic. Their feedback on GP experience was hugely positive

Click below for the Tutor guide

Tutors Guide 5th year 2020_21 Sept ver


Scope: The main focus of these two week placement is for the students to gain face to face contact with patients, presenting cases to the GP and discussing management options. The students have no formal contact with QUB during these placements and there is no formal assessment of this course. They are preparing for clinical finals and find general practice a great place to gain experience and hone their clinical skills.

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.

We would very much encourage you to consider taking two students together.


Student surgeries with GP Supervision; the priority is direct face to face contact with patients.

The students in 2019-20 have had the opportunity to join one ECHO session during their Autumn placement. This has allowed them to consider cases that they have seen and to discuss with their peers with facilitation from QUBGP tutors at the ECHO Hub.

In contrast to the 4th year course students do not need to spend time in the treatment room or with other members of the primary care team.

Year 5

GP Assistantship

As a consequence of Covid19, this placement has been modified. Please read the documents below for more details:

GP Assistantship Information for Students

General Practice Attachment Guide

Assistantship 2021 - Audit Flowchart

Assistantship 2021 - Audit Proforma

IDD Guidelines for Discharge Summaries

IDD Audit 2020 Report

Year 5 eLogBook

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.