Normally entrants to the programme should possess the following qualifications: a) A GP must have at least two years experience in general practice. This can be either as a principal or salaried doctor or assistant in a GMS or PMS practice. They should have a minimum of six sessions per week regular commitment to the practice and be a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners OR b) A Practice Manager, Primary Care Nurse, Primary Care Educator or other primary care professional must have a minimum of two years experience in primary care, involved in the training of medical students, GP registrars or other learners in primary care. AND -Evidence of ability to work at this level -Evidence of previous study at either Degree or M Level -Knowledge and skills equivalent to first level professional register.
PGCert Medical Education
The programme is delivered via a blended learning style on a part-time basis - normally over one academic year, but this can be extended to take individuals requirements into account.
The Certificate comprises two modules, each worth 30 credits.
The first module is entitled Developing a Learning Culture and will incorporate many aspects of understanding the learning environment and organisation within primary care and the expectations of a training practice. It also includes a basic introduction to GP training. It will focus upon the teacher/learner relationships and the application of the theory of adult learning and teaching within primary care.
The second module is Educational Skills and Practice, which reviews the models of consultation and highlights the value of using the consultation as a teaching tool and a variety of teaching methods, examining the differences between one-to-one and small group teaching. It will examine curriculum development and the development of a learner centred curriculum and the ability to negotiate the learning agenda with the learner.
Workshop style lectures will enable an information exchange between the learner and educator and between learners themselves. Practice based learning will be self-directed learning undertaken by learners as they work towards completion of their assignments. Learners will also be expected to work with current students, e.g. in delivering one-to-one teaching. Learners will be part of a learning set facilitated by an experienced Primary Care Educator. The learning set will be a forum for discussion, reflection and support.There will be a range of coursework assessment; for example, a case study and a personal development plan.