Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care


Student Selected Component in General Practice and the Community

Year 2 SSC in General Practice and the Community will explore explore the speciality of Primary Care and how it is changing.

Brief description of main components of the SSC

This course will involve:

  • Visiting a general practice including opportunity for discussion with patients
  • Classroom sessions discussing primary care and exploring the changing primary care landscape
  • Discussion about current digital health technologies and their impact on primary care
  • A presentation on a chosen aspect of primary care

The main objectives of the course are:

  • To explore current and future NHS structure including the concepts of primary and secondary care
  • To provide an example of how primary care can provide care for vulnerable groups
  • To learn about digital health in research and practise
  • To learn how patients in primary care are managed using triage and how the primary care workforce is changing
  • To describe doctor-patient interactions and review key learning points such as the central importance of the narrative in making a diagnosis