Undergraduate Teaching

Community Attachment Scheme – Phase 1

The Community Attachment Scheme (CAS) is part of the Introductory Clinical Competences theme concentrating on the psychosocial rather than the clinical aspects of health and illness including the interplay between a person’s thoughts, feelings and behaviour related to their health and how this can affect their relationships and life in general. Students visit a patient to talk to them about their health and attend tutorials led by a Behavioural Scientist and a GP to share their experience of these visits with other students in their group. The scheme provides a unique opportunity to meet Sheffield people in their own homes at an early stage of the pre-clinical course.

Early Years Clinical Experience in Primary Care – Phases 1 and 2a

Early Years Clinical Experience takes place during Phase 1 and 2 of the course (first two years) and providing students with patient contact right at the outset of their learning to allow them to get used to talking to patient about their experiences and have some way of contextualising learning about how the body works and the impact when it does not work as it should.

Are you a GP with an interest in providing students with clinical experience in the early years of their undergraduate medical degree? If you would like further information on how to be involved please see our resources pack.

Clinical Communication and Consultation Skills – Phase 2b

This module within Phase 2b builds upon the teaching and learning to date, with the aim for students to start to develop a model of consulting, which goes beyond just taking a more traditional medical history. We utilise the Calgary Cambridge Model used by students previously but in more depth with a particular focus on sections ‘initiating the session’ and ‘gathering information’.

Students often see communication skills and history as two separate skills, however they are intimately linked and good communication skills are essential for good medical practice.

Community and Public Health – Phase 3a

This module introduces students to practicing medicine themselves in a primary care setting and provides the basics of public health. Students are asked to appreciate the broader aspects of ill health both for individuals and for populations and observe how expert generalist medical practice depends on partnerships with patients, other professionals, families and communities. We encourage them to see as many patients as possible and expect them to consider the principals of management plans for the patients they see. It can also be a time when they can reflect on current strengths and get support to develop knowledge, clinical skills and professional behaviour.

Community and Palliative Care – Phase 4

This final module in General Practice asks students to expand their clinical skills further. We expect students to be seeing patients alone whenever possible, making a clinical assessment and developing a full management plan including drug management for discussion with their clinical tutor. They are asked to immerse themselves in the practice team and work on a quality improvement project usually in the form of an Audit. We try to to stretch students during this placement, giving them a positive and challenging clinical experience with close support to allow them to test themselves with time to reflect and learn.

Small Group Teaching

The unit co-ordinated an expert group of small group teachers that provide sessions for 6-8 students on a regular basis during most of the modules it delivers. These Integrated Learning Activities allow students to learn about clinical topics in a developmental and self-directed way using whatever techniques work best for them. In most of these sessions students are also able to discuss events during their clinical work to allow them to reflect upon these and deepen their learning and understanding of the topic and themselves.

If you wish to get involved in small group teaching during early years, phase 3a or 4 please get in touch with Peggy on P.Haughton@sheffield.ac.uk

New Developments

The unit is working to establish a number of new initiatives across the undergraduate curriculum.

GP training and small group tutors

We are working with local postgraduate training programmes to provide opportunities for GP Trainees interested in teaching to have experience of running a small group with the support of one of our experienced small group tutors.

GP input into Longitudinal Integrated Clinical placement

As the medical school is developing it’s final hospital placement into a longer clinical placement we are piloting the regular input of GP tutors in hospital taught sessions to provide some community context to their learning and tutor continuity which facilitates personal and professional development.