Key Facts

Course Title: Foundation Medical Practice / GP Induction and Refresher Scheme
Course type: Postgraduate module (30 credits)
Mode of Study:Part Time
Contact Details:Stephanie Wainwright - 01782 734933
Contact email:s.e.wainwright@keele.ac.uk
Website: Go to School homepage
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Subject Area: Medicine

Overview

The emphasis of this course is to stretch participants – to develop further, scholarly knowledge and competence over and above the important clinical and professional teaching within the Foundation Programme. The course aims to build on and augment this teaching. The areas to be studied are covered by the headings in Good Medical Practice from the General Medical Council, and these headings are how we have organised this course.

In order to do well in this course participants will need to attend all the Foundation Programme teaching. In addition we have scheduled extra sessions over the two year programme for further support and some additional teaching. This will include study skills support and opportunities for student led teaching, presentations, seminars and discussion groups.

Aims of the Course

Successful completion of this module will allow participants to:

  1. Demonstrate how they have reflected on their clinical experiences and teaching opportunities to extend the breadth and depth of learning
  2. Demonstrate a proactive approach to planning and consolidating learning activities
  3. Show how they have synthesised all sources of learning and transferred this into their professional practice to impact on patient care
  4. Distinguish themselves from their peers in the competitive ST1 application process

Entry Requirements

Students must have a medical degree and be enrolled in a Foundation School as defined by PMETB.

Course Content

Foundation Medical Practice is a 30 credit module that can also be used to build towards a full masters award. In common with other postgraduate courses at Keele, this offers flexibility and the ability to transfer M-level credits between courses, subject to individual course regulations. For example these 30 credits can be directly transferred into the Masters of Medical Science (MMedSci) award.

The Keele Foundation Programme taught component for all trainees is delivered by both clinicians and academic teaching staff on a day release format. The added element for students enrolling on this course will add a private study, reflective learning component to the existing teaching and learning activities without requiring any more time out of practice. Additional study skills support and some teaching will be given in small groups, with one or two facilitators. Most teaching is based on interactive small group methods, interspersed with practical tasks. Students are asked to contribute their own views and experiences, either informally during group discussions or by giving short presentations to the group.

Year One: The teaching programme in the Foundation School follows a spiral curriculum based broadly on Good Medical Practice. These outcomes for full registration have been developed by the GMC from The New Doctor (2007).

Year Two: The second year of the Foundation Programme builds on the first year of training. The main focus is on training in the assessment and management of the acutely ill patient. Training also encompasses the generic professional skills applicable to all areas of medicine - team work, time management, communication and IT skills.

The teaching proigramme includes small group work, expert presentations and student led seminars. The Foundation Programme outcome is a portfolio of evidence that the trainee has met the Foundation Programme competencies and includes workplace based assessments. Academic credit will build on this by further assessing six key areas of Good Medical Practice from the GMC: Good clinical care, maintaining good medical practice, teaching and training others, relationships with patients, working with colleagues and probity. Assessments will include but not be limited to scholarly essays, audits and evaluation of student let teaching sessions. 

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching

The following six teaching units are spread over two years:

Unit One: Good clinical care

Unit Two: Maintaining good medical practice

Unit Three: Teaching & training, appraising & assessing

Unit Four: Relationship with patients

Unit Five: Working with colleagues

Unit Six: Probity

 

Assessment

The Foundation Programme outcome is a portfolio of evidence that the trainee has met the Foundation Programme competencies and includes workplace based assessments. The academic credit will build on this by further assessing six key areas of Good Medical Practice from the GMC:

  • Good clinical care,
  • Maintaining good medical practice,

  • Teaching and training others, 

  • Relationships with patients,

  • Working with colleagues and

  • Probity.

Assessments will include but not be limited to scholarly essays, audits and evaluation of student led teaching sessions.

Additional Costs

Apart from additional costs for text books, inter-library loans and potential overdue library fines we do not anticipate any additional costs for this postgraduate programme.