Student Placements in General Practice

The Hillingdon Education, Training & Workforce Team (HETW) are the lead organisation for the General Practice Placements. The aim of the programme is to showcase General Practice Nursing to students who would have little opportunity to experience it before qualifying.

This is achieved by placing students into General Practice for one or more of their placement sessions

General Practice Student Placements are available in the following areas where students spend time in General Practice during their course, to gain experience in clinical environments

  • Pre Reg Nursing Students
  • Physician Associates
  • Independent Prescribing Pharmacists

Students are allocated a Supervisor assigned at each placement who:

  • Promotes a learning environment in individual placement areas
  • Organises and co-ordinates student learning activities in practice
  • Sets and monitors achievements of learning objectives
  • Supervises students in learning situations and provides constructive feedback
  • Assesses total performance, including skills, attitudes and behaviours (formative and summative)
  • Keeps up to date with current university issues and supervisory requirements

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Pre Reg Nursing Students:

Designed for Students studying to be Nurses and who may be interested in considering a career as a Practice Nurse. They provide a useful insight for Students to see how General Practice functions within the health community. They enable Practices to start growing Practice Nurses from Students, and showcase careers in General Practice.

Students are supported by a qualified Practice Supervisor at the General Practice where they are placed.

There are cohorts across the year, starting in August. Placements last 4 or 5 weeks for 1st and 2nd year S tudents, up to 12 weeks for a 3 rd year Student.

Students access this through their University Placements Programme (Bucks New University)

Physician Associates:

Physician Associates are healthcare professionals who, while not a Doctor, work to and are trained in the medical model, with attitudes skills and knowledge base to deliver holistic care and treatment within the general medical and /or general practice team under defined levels of supervision. Physicians’ Associates are Post-Graduate Students , studying a two year PA programme, with a view to working in General Practice or Hospitals.

This programme has been running for a number of years, with great success, with Students getting insight into General Practice and enabling us to look at new ways of working.

Having these Students in Practice is a brilliant opportunity to look at different roles within the Practice and how things may be done differently.

In year 1 Students spend 1 day per week in a General Practice placement for 35 weeks, followed by a 6 week placement in year 2.

Students access this through their University Placements Programme (Brunel University).

Independent Prescribing Pharmacists:

Trainees are studying a part-time Postgraduate Programme to prepare Pharmacists to practise as both Independent and Supplementary Prescribers and to meet the standards set by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).

Pharmacists who are studying part time for an Independent Prescribing Qualification are required to spend 12 days in practice.

In General Practice, they are supported and mentored by a Designated Medical Practitioner (usually the Practice GP)

Applications should be forwarded to the Placements Team, Education and Workforce Training:

Christine Chard & Vicky Alford

Training Hub Support Officers

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