Phase 1 medicine placements supervisor information

Medicine placements

This page gives all the information you need for year one and year two (or phase one) primary care placements.

In this phase, the focus is on exposure to primary care and the multidisciplinary team. During the placements, students will expect some face-to-face teaching and shadowing opportunities.

These do not need to be delivered on every occasion by the named educator. To broaden students' experience, we encourage other members of the primary care team to deliver these. For example, this could be the nurse practitioner or practice manager.

Along with medical students, this cohort includes learners on the undergraduate Physician Associate course. These students learn alongside the Phase 1 medical students for the first two years of the course, before joining the postgraduate PA Students for their final two years to complete the learning outcomes for Physician Associates. During their time with you in phase one their learning outcomes are the same as the Medical Students. There should be no difference in activity opportunities offered. The Physician Associate learners will present in a maroon uniform which distinguishes them from the Medical Students.

Introduction into practice

To orientate students to the practice team and practice areas. This includes student safety and clarifying learning outcomes for the placement.

Practicing phase 1 clinical skills during placement

Please see the table below.

Category A Can be practiced without direct supervision

Category B Can be practiced under direct supervision only

Category C Can be practiced under direct supervision only and only after the teaching session has been completed and the student has passed their Directly Observed Practical Skills (DOPS) assessment in the lab.

Frequently asked questions

Overview of topics covered in phase one

Clinical skills

  • Consent and use of simulated spaces
  • Infection control including hand washing
  • Fundamental healthcare skills (vital signs, moving and handling, BMI, urinalysis)
  • Basic Life Support, First Aid
  • Examination of the cardiac, respiratory and gastrointestinal systems
  • Examination of the cranial and peripheral
  • Nervous systems
  • Examination of the neck
  • Imaging of the cardiorespiratory and GI systems (basic interpretation of x-rays mostly)

Communication skills

  • Introduction to clinical communication skills
  • Non-verbal communication
  • Gathering information techniques (open v closed questions, signposting and summarising
  • Cardiovascular, respiratory, GI and pain histories
  • Other elements of the medical history (e.g.PMH, PSH, social history, FH)
  • Closing the consultation

Portfolio requirements

Clinical cases learning logs

Students are encouraged to complete two clinical cases learning logs. This will be carried out during Year one May/June placement from patients they see during their time with you.

This is not mandatory, as it lies outside their assessment period. If they do, they will get feedback from their year two Portfolio Tutor later.

They have a template to prompt them to think about the medical/clinical learning they can derive from seeing patients. It would encourage them to use this as a learning tool if you asked about it or suggest suitable cases.

Reflective practice

Students complete one reflective piece in year one, this is on the theme of ‘Talking to a patient [simulated]’.


Prescribing workbook

The students have a mandatory prescribing workbook to completed whilst they are on placement.

The aim of this workbook is to help the student begin the journey of developing their role of a prescriber. Also to build on their pharmacology teaching from earlier in the year.

We hope that the challenges within the work book will bring the drugs they have studied ‘to life’.

This workbook does not need marking or assessing by the GP supervisor. A completed workbook will be given to the students to compare theirs to at the end of the placement period. It will also form basis of their supervisor review. They will need to show you that they have engaged with the process and we ask you tick the box on the placement e-form.

Example timetables

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Year one timetable
  Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4
9am - 10:30am Welcome and induction Observe admin team Observe GP clinic Observe Practice Nurse clinic
10:30am - 12 noon Spend time in reception Observe HCA/Phlebotomy clinic Structured history taking with patient Spend time with practice management team
12 noon - 1pm Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1pm - 2:30pm Home visits with visiting clinician Spend time with Clinical Pharmacist (or other allied health care professional) Spend time with prescription team and discuss recall system

Home visits with visiting clinician

2:30pm-5pm Observe GP clinic Observe Practice Nurse clinic and time to ask questions Spend time with other allied health care professional if available e.g. midwife/mental health Observe GP clinic and then time with GP Supervisor to complete end of placement form

These are examples of timetables. Each placement should develop their own timetable based on the make-up of their practice team.

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