Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care


GP Tutors' Conference 2022

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.

'Evolution of Primary Care Clinical Education'

This year's virtual conference is titled 'Evolution of Primary Care Clinical Education' and will be hosted via the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) virtual conference platform.

We have an exciting range of speakers to share insights across the fields of Primary Care and Medical Education, relevant to both our roles as GP clinicians, as well as GP educators. There will be opportunities for interactive learning in the form of  workshops and informal conversations to learn with peers throughout the day. We will, in particular,  be thinking about:

  • Teaching and learning with students and patients
  • Interprofessional learning within the Primary Care team
  •  A range of ways to share the complexities of general practice with students
  • Contemporary challenges to general practice and their relevance both to the organisation and delivery of healthcare, alongside integration of teaching and learning.

Date: 11th March 2022
Via Royal College of Physicians online platform


Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speaker 1: 'Developing an Anti-Discriminatory Medical School – The role of the GP Educator' by Professor Lindsey Pope

Medical educators have been challenged to reflect on the role we should play in creating a fairer environment for our patients, our learners and our colleagues. Professor Lindsey Pope, GP and Professor of Medical Education will consider how medical schools and clinical educators can start to respond to this challenge. Based on the Glasgow journey and her work as part of the medical Schools Council Equality Diversity and Inclusion (MSC EDI) Alliance Executive, this session will include discussion of key underpinning principles and practical suggestions as well as an opportunity for Q&A.  

Keynote speaker 2: 'Sustainable healthcare: global challenges, generalist solutions, educational approaches' by Dr Kay Leedham-Green

Dr Leedham-Green is one of the authors of the AMEE consensus statement on planetary health and education for sustainable healthcare. She has also worked extensively with the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare and Health Education England on operationalising and disseminating the principles and practices of sustainability through quality improvement. Participants will be invited to reflect on environmental and social challenges to health and healthcare, as well as some of the potential solutions that generalists can apply both within their day-to-day practice and at a team/systems level. These principles are taught to our MBBS Y5 students, and Dr Leedham-Green will share evidence-based approaches for clinical educators as well as strategies for evaluating and improving impacts.


Conference Programme
9.00-9.15     Log in and connection check

9.15-9.45     Welcome by Professor Faye Gishen, Director of UCL Medical  School and  Professor Fiona Stevenson, Head of Research department of Primary Care & Population Health

 Introduction by Professor Sophie Park, Director of UG Medical Education (Primary Care & Community)

9.45-10.15    The Student Voice
10.15-10.20  Break
10.20-11.00   Keynote Speaker 1 - Professor Lindsey Pope
11.00-11.30   Break
11.30-13.00   Morning Workshops

13.00-14.00   Lunch Break 

14.00-15.15   Afternoon Workshops
15.15-15.30   Break

15.30-16.30   Keynote Speaker 2 - Dr Kay Leedham-Green

16.30-17.00   GP Tutor Awards and Close


Morning workshops

WORKSHOP OPTION 1: 'Starter for 10' by Professor Alex Harding & Dr Jane Kirby

The covid pandemic has changed medical education. This workshop gives you a 'hands on' introduction to three new relevant educational resources that have arisen form the pandemic, that can help you in your teaching. 

Firstly, a new national curriculum for undergraduate general practice that encourages all of us to question and think about; 'what is general practice and what are the core principles that undergraduates should know about.

Secondly a new online, interactive textbook of general practice that introduces students (and postgraduates) to the content of the national curriculum. The textbook has a host of interactive features that we will demonstrate.

Finally, a new online video resource that demonstrates each of the concepts outlined in the curriculum and textbook that was developed with the Society for Academic Primary Care (SAPC), Medical Schools Council and Channel 5 "GPs behind closed doors'.  Dr Jane Kirby led a team of editors to develop perhaps the worlds first video textbook of generalist medicine as a result of this collaboration. The workshop will be facilitated by Alex Harding, who led on the first two resources and Jane Kirby who led the third. For those interested, the workshop can also cover elements of leadership and management relevant to developing new educational resources.

WORKSHOP OPTION 2: 'Incorporating interprofessional learning into primary care teaching; opportunities and challenges' by Professor Cate Whittlesea and Dr Danielle Nimmons

Interprofessional learning is supported by organisations such as ASME and AMEE and our workshop will focus on the implementation, delivery and reflections of the new iBSc Multimorbidity Module.  This module is jointly led by the Centre for Ageing Population Studies and School of Pharmacy, involving academics, clinicians, patients and carers. It explores core debates and challenges, introducing and critically evaluating how health and social care systems support patients with multiple chronic conditions. This wokrshop will include enablers and challenges; feedback from students and staff; and recommendations on how to ​incorporate interprofessional teaching in primary care. 

WORKSHOP OPTION 3: 'Involving students as partners in improving the sustainability of your GP practice' by Dr Kay Leedham-Green

This workshop is designed for GP educators that are interested in improving the environmental and social sustainability of the GP practice (often with positive economic co-benefits!). You will be introduced to the process for having a student SCC or iBSc project approved, and then supported in writing a project brief including aims, inputs, processes, expected outputs and outcomes. You will have the opportunity to explore supportive educational and clinical toolkits including SusQI, Green Impact for Health, and PresQIPP guidelines for green inhalers. Finally, you will have the opportunity to browse and give feedback on the plans of your peers.

WORKSHOP OPTION 4: 'Active Bystander Training for Medical Educators' by: Professor Lindsey Pope, Dr Cindy Chew & Dr Elaine Taylor (University of Glasgow)

In this workshop we will prompt participants to consider when they may want or need to be an active bystander and provide them with a framework to do this. We will use teaching-based scenarios to discuss specific challenges that may arise in the context of clinical teaching and practice and discuss strategies to address these challenges.  

Afternoon workshops

WORKSHOP OPTION 1: 'Integrating Patient and Public Involvement into 'Remote' Primary Care Teaching Delivery' by Dr Sarah Armstrong (GP), Dr Abhishek Bhattacharya (GP) and Ms Margaret Ogden, a patient and panelist on Experts by Experience group at UCL

This interactive session will focus on how to maximise patient and public involvement when delivering remote primary care teaching. We will consider why patient and public involvement matters, and examine both the challenges to, and opportunities afforded by, remote patient-focused teaching. We will discuss how to involve patients in teaching in the most effective way, and how to involve a diverse range of patients in teaching. Finally, we will look at the inclusion of patients and the public in the provision of feedback during/after teaching. 

WORKSHOP OPTION 2: 'Clinical Reasoning in Primary Care en masse: Would too many cooks spoil the broth?' by Dr Nur Abdul Rahman

What does clinical reasoning mean to us? Do we reason in silos or in teams? How do we communicate clinical reasoning with students (and others) in our daily practice?

In this workshop, Dr Nur Faraheen Abdul Rahman, a GP and a doctoral candidate at the Research Department of Primary Care and Population Health, University College London will be discussing with participants the vantage point of clinical reasoning for decision making from social point of view. This workshop will be based on her PhD work in clinical reasoning teaching and learning in undergraduate primary care medical education, using transformative learning and activity theories.

Upon completion of this workshop, participants would be able to apply:

  • the key concepts of clinical reasoning.
  • paradigm and clinical reasoning in practice.
  •  communicating reasoning.

Participants will be asked to prepare two photos of “what clinical reasoning looks like in practice” and share and talk about them in the workshop.

WORKSHOP OPTION 3: ‘Social Prescribing: The evidence base and exploring ideas for more effective engagement’ by UCL PhD  & medical student Henry Aughterson

This workshop will be run by Henry Aughterson, who is currently doing his PhD at UCL on social prescribing and is also a medical student. During this workshop there will be a short presentation on the evidence base of social prescribing, including that of the activities themselves, that of the link worker model specifically, and some of the underlying theory to social prescribing. Through group discussions this workshop will explore: 

  • How can medical students be involved more in the social prescribing process?
  • How could we (as a practice) go out into the community more, asking for help, rather than the other way round?
  • If we have a link worker, how could they be more ‘part of the team’, if they are not already?

WORKSHOP OPTION 4: 'Active Bystander Training for Medical Educators' by: Professor Lindsey Pope, Dr Cindy Chew & Dr Elaine Taylor (University of Glasgow) REPEAT

In this workshop we will prompt participants to consider when they may want or need to be an active bystander and provide them with a framework to do this. We will use teaching-based scenarios to discuss specific challenges that may arise in the context of clinical teaching and practice and discuss strategies to address these challenges.  

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.

We will be contacting the shortlisted practices at the end of February 2022. Shortlisted practices are invited to attend the conference and winners will be announced during the conference award ceremony.

Excellent GP teacher demonstrating 'good teaching practice' award

All GP Tutors are invited to nominate themselves for this award and demonstrate excellence in teaching. The application involves writing up to 750 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 pcphmeded@ucl.ac.uk by 11th February 2022.

We will notify you if your application has been shortlisted and will inform the winner by mid-February 2022. We kindly ask you to attend the conference to receive your award and give a speech of up to 5 minutes, if you are successful.