Twilight Clinical Teaching


Twilight Teaching Programme The Twilight Teaching Programme is a cross site out-of-hours teaching programme that runs across Royal Free, UCHL and  the Whittington giving first year clinical students the opportunity to practise their clinical skills informally with a junior doctor. Small groups of students are paired with a junior doctor who will be their Twilight Tutor for the duration of the term. Teaching will run out-of-hours, with twelve hours of teaching spread across the term. Whilst the content of the Twilight sessions will be jointly determined by tutors and students it should have a high degree of patient contact, primarily focusing on history taking, clinical examination, data interpretation, presentation and clinical reasoning. The Twilight Teaching Programme helps junior doctors build their teaching portfolio and develop as a teacher. Past students have really benefited from this programme, in particular having a more informal teaching experience with a tutor close to their level making asking questions easier! In addition, Twilight tutors will have the opportunity to attend dedicated teaching sessions throughout the year in order to enhance their teaching skills. Although the first term Twilight Teaching Programme is currently underway, if you missed the chance to apply and would like to be a Twilight Teaching later in the year please contact the lead at your site.

Royal Free: Naomi Newman and Aditi Chitale: royalfreeteaching@gmail.com

Whittington: Kristina Clark and Jon King: kristina.clark@doctors.org.uk

UCLH: Oliver Cohen and Cammus Nimo: olivercohen@hotmail.co.uk


100% thought is was a good use of their time, and 98% would recommend being a tutor to other trainees

"It is a good contrast to service provision."

"Every session left me with a renewed sense of purpose and satisfaction with my job."

"I have more awareness of techniques and methods to improve teaching."

"By teaching I am also consolidating my own knowledge."


98% would recommend the programme to fellow students

"Having a tutor close to my level...made it far easier to ask questions"

"More informal. Sometimes Consultant teaching is a little intense."

"[the tutors] were more enthusiastic about teaching us."

"...knowledge of the information that is accessible for medical students and can refer us to websites etc" 

Year 4 students complete an Introduction and Orientation Module throughout September. This provides a foundation in working and learning in the clinical environment. They write reflections on their first experiences of history taking and other new clinical exposures. As clinical teachers, you can access these reflections on Moodle, the UCL Virtual Learning Environment, and talk to the students about them. This will be your first contact with your students before you get down to regular bedside teaching.  

CMT Twilight Clinical Teaching
Organisation  Each CMT, ACCS, GP VTS or FY trainee is allocated 4-8 students. 

Teaching: Each block of students is at UCLH for a 4 month period. You should aim for 1hour a week of bedside teaching (plus preparation time). In total, after accounting for holidays, you should aim for a minimum of 12 hours of teaching over 4 months.

Attendance at 4 of 6 sessions provided in teaching skills development

Role Your primary role is to provide bedside teaching in core skills, with patient contact. However, you will also act as a mentor to your students. 
  • Regular contact with a group of students and the satisfaction of helping them progress. 
  • A structure in which to develop your own teaching skills.
  • Recognition and evidence of contribution to student teaching for your ePortfolio and CV (a glance at the ST3 application form or CMT application form for example, will highlight that participation in this scheme will allow you to score highly)
  • Training in teaching skills - more information available once you join the programme
  • Support to take your interest in medical education further
  • A UCL email account, with enhanced eJournal access (significantly better than Athens!)

There are 3 blocks of student rotations. You can sign up for just 1 block, or more than 1. 

Block 1: September to December

Block 2: January to April

Block 3: May to July 

Contacts  See above