Up to three students will spend six half days in the same practice between the third week of January and the end of March; the timetable is six Tuesday afternoons, but other half days may be possible if that suits the practice better. Students will take turns leading a consultation, followed by observing the tutor completing the consultation. Tutors will give feedback to the student and discuss interesting aspects of the clinical presentation.
By the start of year 1 placements, students will have had nine sessions of training in core communication skills, seven of them involving role play for each student to practice gathering information and developing their consultation skills using fictional scenarios.
GP practices who have capacity and two available tutors can offer to take two groups of up to three students. Remuneration is per student per session.