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GP Tutors' Conference 2020

This conference will provide an exciting opportunity to meet like-minded people, and reflect on and discuss the practices and opportunities of teaching and learning with patients in general practice.

'Teaching and Learning with Patients'

This year's conference is titled 'Teaching and Learning with Patients' - simple in its name, but complex in its nature. We aim to provide an insight into ways of optimising teaching for patients, students and educators.

We have an inspiring line-up of speakers, including Professor Dame Hazel Genn, a leading authority on access to civil and administrative justice, with a special interest in Health Justice; and Dr Sanjiv Ahluwalia, the London Dean at Health Education England, and a GP; as well as Professor Dame Jane Dacre, a Professor of Medical Education at UCL, rheumatologist and former president of the Royal College of Physicians.

Date: 27th March 2020
Venue: Royal College of Physicians, 11 Saint Andrews Place Regent's Park, London NW1 4LE

Registration is now open! Early bird tickets only £35 until 1st March 2020, £55 from 2nd March 2020.

Click here to book your place

GP Tutors' Conference Awards

The UCL Primary Care teaching team value GPs' contribution to teaching, and admire that GP tutors are helping inspire and train the next generation of doctors. For this reason, we introduced the GP Tutors' Conference Awards to recognise and celebrate the excellent teaching our students are receiving from GP's and practices.

Outstanding participation of a GP practice in teaching UCL medical students

This award is based on student feedback and contribution to UCL Primary Care teaching. Throughout the year, students are given the opportunity to give feedback about their GP placements via Student Evaluation Questionnaires (SEQs). The Primary Care Medical Education team will review this feedback and shortlist practices that have outstanding feedback on the practice as a whole in their contribution to teaching and the students learning.

We will be contacting the shortlisted practices at the end of February 2020.

Excellent GP teacher demonstrating 'good teaching practice'

All GP Tutors are invited to nominate themselves for this award and demonstrate excellence in teaching. The application involves writing up to 500 words on the following areas of teaching, using examples of:

  • Facilitation of student learning
  • Feedback
  • Assessment
  • Innovation
  • Professional development

Please fill in the 

and send to a.zikiy@ucl.ac.uk by 3rd February 2020.

We will notify you if your application has been shortlisted and will inform the winner by mid-February 2020. We kindly ask you to attend the conference to receive your award, if you are successful.

Keynote Speakers

Professor Dame Hazel Genn

Professor Dame Hazel Genn is a leading authority on access to civil and administrative justice. Her prize-winning scholarship focuses on the experiences of ordinary people caught up in legal problems and the responsiveness of the justice system to the needs of citizens. Prof. Genn has been a key advocate and innovator in the introduction of legal support for patients within the general practice setting. Prof. Genn is working in collaboration with the primary care education team at UCL in the design and delivery of ‘Health Justice’ seminars for 5th Year medical students, exploring the juxtaposition between healthcare and legal challenges and management.

Dr Sanjiv Ahluwalia

Dr Sanjiv Ahluwalia is the London Region Dean at Health Education England (HEE) and GP. Dr Ahluwalia has a keen interest in supporting and exploring the relationship between general practice clinical education, and its positive impact on patient outcomes. Dr Ahluwalia will share some key findings from his recent research, and discuss ways to maximise the symbiotic involvement of teaching and patient care.

Professor Dame Jane Dacre

Professor Dame Jane Dacre is a Professor of Medical Education at UCL and former president of the Royal College of Physicians. Since 2018, Prof. Dacre has led a government-backed review of the gender pay gap in doctors. Prof. Dacre will share findings about the gender pay gap identified across doctor groups; the significant gender pay gap she has identified within general practice; and possible causal explanations and solutions. The review highlights obstacles which currently limit female doctors progressing their NHS carers in the same way as their male counterparts. The full review is to be published later in 2019.

Conference Programme
8.45-9.15     Registration

9.15-9.45     Welcome and Introduction by Professor Fiona  Stevenson

                    Introduction by Dr Sophie Park

9.45-10.15    The Student Voice
10.15-11.00   Keynote Speaker 1 - Professor Dame Jane Dacre
11.00-11.30   Tea and Coffee Break
11.30-13.00   Morning Workshops
13.00-14.00   Lunch Break
14.00-15.15   Afternoon Workshops
15.15-15.30   Tea and Coffee Break

15.30-16.30   Keynote Speaker 2 -   Professor Dame Hazel Genn

                      Keynote Speaker 3 - Dr Sanjiv Ahluwalia

16.30-17.00   GP Tutor Awards and Close

 

Morning workshops
'Sight versus Insight: mindfulness as body pedagogics for medical education' by Dr Alice Malpass

Is medicine a practice of the mind or the body? Does medical education spend more time promoting a sense of disembodiment than one of embodiment? Body pedagogics emphasises  learning as a physically embodied process. Alice brings teaching and research expertise in Mindfulness based cognitive therapy for medical undergraduates, as well as her anthropological interest in embodied medicine (how patients bodily sensations come to be seen by clinicians as measurable symptoms). The workshop explores links between mindfulness practices, emotional congruence in learning and health encounters and the impact of attending to bodily experience on how we communicate with students and patients.

'Approaches to learning and success at medical school' by Dr Sarah Bennett

This workshop will focus on how patients and teachers can help to influence the approaches that students take to their learning. It will broaden your knowledge of the literature surrounding the different learning approaches adopted by students, the influence of the learning environment on these approaches and will discuss relevant teaching techniques and strategies to help students develop deeper approaches to learning.

Sarah is Deputy Lead for the MBBS Programme at UCL Medical School and has an interest in the study approaches of medical students.

'Can I ask you about your weight? Patient-centred approaches to health coaching and patient activation' by Dr Kay Leedham-Green

This workshop will introduce the core concepts of health coaching and motivational interviewing alongside an apprenticeship model for building these skills with students in the clinical learning environment. Her approach won first prize at the International Clinical Skills Conference 2013 and the education prize at the Society for Academic Primary Care Annual Conference 2015 and has been described by learners as transformative “through our contact with patients we have learned new techniques of approach, new ways of thinking, and ways of involving patients to act…” Attendees will be given opportunities to critique and rehearse approaches to building self-efficacy with patients and learners, and come away with a set of learning resources that can be shared with students and colleagues.

Dr Leedham-Green is a Medical Education Research Fellow, Imperial College. She teaches on the nutrition and health promotion module on the Masters in Public Health at King’s College London. She has published numerous papers on health promotion, obesity, behaviour change and sustainable healthcare.

Guided tour of RCP garden and exhibition

College’s Garden Fellows, will be available to take delegates around the garden explaining their uses, modes of action, pharmaceutical interventions, and the stories behind them. The tour of the 'Under the Skin' exhibition will show how physicians, surgeons, artists and printers have captured the shapes, structures and textures of the organs and tissues that are hidden inside the human form, exploring the unsettling beauty of human anatomy from the medieval world to the present day.

Afternoon workshops
'Quality Improvement reaches the MBBS Final Year Curriculum' by Dr Will Coppola, Rebecca Mackenzie and Dr Neelam Parmar

As part of the review of the Year 6 GP Assistantship, a Quality Improvement Project has been introduced into the 4-week placement.

This workshop will outline the development of this component of the programme with student input, and an outline of how it will work as an integral part of the placement and its relevance for all teaching practices. Participants will have the opportunity to contribute to the final version of the project, prior to its implementation in 2020-2021. This workshop will provide an opportunity to stimulate thinking about how you might implement student led QIP in your practices.

'Patient and Public Involvement in Teaching' by Dr Rachael Frost and Dr Surinder Singh

Patients and the public are becoming increasingly involved throughout the development as well as the delivery of medical education. This workshop, facilitated by a GP, an academic and a patient from our Experts by Experience consultation group, will outline our strategy for Patient and Public Involvement, and provide a forum to discuss experiences of patient involvement in teaching and the benefits and challenges of this.

'Teaching in the new primary care landscape' by dr madeleine foster and prof joe rosenthal

This session will include facilitated discussion around the challenges and opportunities in medical education in a changing primary care landscape, focussing on:

  • How organisational changes in the NHS and primary care may affect the delivering of teaching;
  • How the changing workforce within primary care teams may affect who delivers teaching and the impact of this;
  • How new ways of working and digital technology may impact upon medical education.

We will be discussing ideas on how to adapt to these changes and maximise opportunities for patient care and student learning.

Guided tour of RCP garden and exhibition

College’s Garden Fellows, will be available to take delegates around the garden explaining their uses, modes of action, pharmaceutical interventions, and the stories behind them. The tour of the 'Under the Skin' exhibition will show how physicians, surgeons, artists and printers have captured the shapes, structures and textures of the organs and tissues that are hidden inside the human form, exploring the unsettling beauty of human anatomy from the medieval world to the present day.