UCL Medical School


Clinical and Professional Practice

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Integrated Clinical and Professional Practice is delivered though all six years of the MBBS programme and makes up around 20% of the MBBS curriculum and its assessments. The aims of the Clinical and Professional Practice programme are to:

  • understand medicine as an integrated whole
  • understand how theory and understanding of health and disease link to practice
  • make evidenced-based clinical decisions that promote person-centred practice in a rapidly evolving healthcare system
  • integrate knowledge of biomedical and human sciences to enhance your interpretation of the patient’s own narrative, physical signs and social data
  • develop and demonstrate your professionalism through commitment to the duties of a doctor, an understanding of patient safety and the application of ethical and legal principles.

The Clinical and Professional Practice (CPP) ‘Core Values’ aspire to create new doctors that are:

  • Professional
  • Intellectually curious
  • Holistic
  • Entrepreneurial
  • Innovative
  • Non-judgemental
  • Compassionate
  • Smart

The Individual Clinical and Professional Practice modules

Integrated Clinical and Professional Practice

Anatomy and Imaging

  • Working knowledge of normal and abnormal human structure and function with an ability to interpret using modern medical imaging

Clinical Skills and Practical Procedures

  • Ensure all students are competent and confident to perform the skills and procedures listed in the General Medical Council’s document Tomorrow’s doctors

Pathological Sciences

  • An understanding of the theory and application of pathological sciences to clinical diagnosis and treatment

Use of Evidence

  • Finding the evidence, evaluating it, and using it in decision making, research and clinical practice

Use of Medicines

  • Knowledge of therapeutics to know how to use the right drug, at the right dose and duration, for the right patient, at the right price
Overarching Themes

Mental Health

  • Mental Health is an overarching theme of the programme designed to enable UCL graduates to have a better understanding of mental health and be more able to help those with mental health needs, regardless of which specialty they ultimately pursue

Social Determinants of Health

  • Health, disease and healthcare have important social and economic origins and consequences


  • Understand the contemporary thinking and frameworks about what constitutes professionalism and professional practice

Ethics and Law

  • Develop core skills and an orientation for effective communication, ethical practice, and working within the framework of the law and professional guidance

Clinical Communication

  • Effective communication. Recognise workplace based teaching around real patient encounters as a process of integrative thinking


  • Understand how e-Health transforms data into knowledge and facilitates organisational change
Patient Centred Learning, Student Centred Learning


  • Encouraging students to take responsibility and reflect on learning and experience in order to prepare them for higher training and revalidation

Integrated and Community Care Patient Pathway

  • Exposure to the narratives and experiences of patients, carers, health and social care professionals

Cardiometabolic Illness Patient Pathway

  • Small group work which involves patients with cardiovascular of diabetic disease enhancing clinical skills in history taking, investigation, diagnosis and an understanding of patient experience

Cancer Patient Pathway

  • Gaining understanding of the diagnosis and management of cancer patients, exposure to the patients’ experience of their cancer journey, and practice in forming relationships with patients

Person Centred Care Patient Pathway

  • Designed to allow the student to gain insight into the patient perspective of navigating encounters with different health professionals and different healthcare settings