School of Medicine celebrates contribution of GPs to student education


Posted on 27 June 2012
They have provided our students with a deep understanding of the role of primary care and general practices in health care

Keele University School of Medicine is celebrating the sustained contribution of 61 general practices to the education of its students at its Annual GP Teachers’ Conference on 5 July. These practices, in Staffordshire, Shropshire and the Marches, have taught students for four of the last five years and so have made a key and continuing contribution to the work of the School.

By the presentation of special plaques, the School is celebrating the contribution of both general practices and their patients to our students’ education. They have provided our students with a deep understanding of the role of primary care and general practices in health care, the importance of its interface with secondary care,  and the importance of the consultation between the patient and the doctor in any area of medicine. They have also helped our students to develop the skills to consult with patients. This will provide our students with a foundation on which they can develop as excellent doctors in any speciality and to thrive in the NHS of the future.

On 9 July the first doctors to qualify with a Keele MB ChB degree will graduate. A distinctive feature of the Keele degree is that students spend 23 weeks learning medicine in general practice. This has provided Keele students with unparalleled opportunities to learn by working with patients and contributing to their care. This teaching is delivered through a network of over 100 general practices in Staffordshire, Shropshire and the Marches. These practices make a critical contribution to our students’ education.