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Individual Placement Description
Placement General Practice
Programme W1,W2,W3,W4,W5,W6,W8,W9,W10,W11,W12,W13,W14,W15,W16,W17,W18,W19,W20,W21,W22,W23,W24,W7
Year F2
Region West
Main Duties of Placement

You will have your own surgeries and consult in parallel with a GP principal.

You will be expected to do house calls if and when your trainer feels you are competent to do so.

Some posts are linked with psychiatry and involve one day per week working closely with a Consultant Psychiatrist in the  Community Resource Centre

Typical Work Pattern

40 hour week.

No evening or weekend work.


Learning Opportunities

There will be one session per week of protected time for personal study. Whilst each practice varies a little, there will be practice meetings both clinical and managerial which you will be expected to attend.

Some practices have journal clubs and problem-based learning groups. Additionally, liaison with community-based providers e.g. Mental Health teams, can often provide learning opportunities, particularly when posts are linked with the Community Resource Centre


You will be placed in a practice with established teaching credentials. Typically there will be one formal tutorial and one session per week of informal education e.g. at practice meetings, post-surgery de-briefing.

You will also have the opportunity to participate in centralised teaching at your foundation hospital.

Unique Selling Points

Feedback from trainees has been extremely positive to date. The responsibility for continuing care of patients and for improving decision making is particularly valued, as are the close team working and individual supervision by senior colleagues which trainees enjoy.

Trainees who are not intending to enter GP as a career seem to find the placements give a valuable insight into the demands of general practice, and trainees intending to enter GP as a career feel they are better prepared for their GPST.



Employer Information
It is important to note that this description is a typical example of your placement and may be subject to change.

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