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Postgraduate Certificate for Teachers in Primary Care

 

General Practitioners and Public Health Professionals should book their place via our online store.

Nurses and community based allied health professionals should also book their place via the online store, please ensure you book onto the course titled 'Postgraduate Course for Teachers in Primary Care for Nurses and AHPs'.

Course Overview
The Postgraduate Certificate for Teachers in Primary Care is a modular Masters-level course for GPs, Public Health Professionals, and Nurses with an interest in developing their teaching skills in a primary care setting. The course is accredited by The University of Westminster.

The Certificate offers the primary route to becoming a GP trainer in London. GPs enrolling on the course are strongly advised to join their local Trainer Workshop, which will supplement their learning on the course with discussions surrounding the more practical aspects of GP training (e.g. ePortfolio / assessments). You can find more information about Trainer Workshops here.

In order to become a GP Trainer you will be expected to submit an application within 5 years of completing this course, and be a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners

Nurses attending the course will be supported in the completion of the Sign-Off Mentor qualification and, where applicable, the Practice Teacher Award.

The course fee is payable up front. However, the modular format allows students flexibility in terms of how long they take to complete the course although they must complete within three years of starting Module 1.

Important note on workload: The Postgraduate Certificate for Teachers in Primary Care is a modular Masters-level course. Attendance is required on all course days, and students are expected to undertake coursework in between taught course days. It is strongly recommended that students undertake at least two days of private study for every taught course day they attend.

Course Structure


Module 1 – 1:1 How do we learn?

(Four taught days)

Assessment method: Submission of written assignment (3000 words)

This introductory module invites participants to take a critical and reflective approach to their own learning and development. It explores the concepts of learner-centredness, practical aspects of teaching and supervision and of how feedback can be part of a developmental conversation. It also looks at challenges to learning and how some of these might be addressed.

Module 2 – What do we teach and how do we assess learning?

(Three taught days plus one assessment day)

Assessment method: Observed teaching assignment (taking place on day 4 of the module)

This module develops some of the practical aspects of workplace learning and assessment. It builds on the work from module 1 and invites participants to reflect on their own workplace as a learning organisation. Students are introduced to the concept of curriculum planning. Skills in small group facilitation are used as a teaching method in tackling the topic of assessment. In this way, students are invited to consider the practicalities of teaching and how they are informed by educational theory.

Module 3 – How do we prepare for an uncertain future?

(Four taught days)

Assessment method: Submission of written assignment (3000 words)

This module looks at some of the contexts that contribute to complexity in education within primary and community healthcare settings. It aims to relate to the experiences of students on the course. The module develops ideas of communities of practice, leadership and some of the tensions that may arise from internal and external pressures. Throughout this module students will be encouraged to explore interprofessional issues in clinical and educational practice. The final day is set aside for students to practise their skills in educational facilitation based on learning needs that arise during the course.

How to Book

Before You Start

You will need to complete a piece of writing, which must be submitted with your online application form. Please review the guidance on this here and have your work ready prior to completing the online application form.

You will also need to complete sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 12 and 15 of a University of Westminster Application Form for submission with your application. Please ensure you have completed this and have this ready to hand before you begin.

In addition you should ensure that you have read and understood the following:


General Practitioners and Public Health Professionals should book their place via our online store.

Nurses and community based allied health professionals should also book via our online store, please ensure you book onto the course titled 'Postgraduate Course for Teachers in Primary Care for Nurses and AHPs'.

The Multiprofessional Faculty Development Team endeavours to schedule all course dates within term time and on dates which avoid major religious holidays. However, due to facilitator availability, the demands of the programmes, and the need to secure an even spread of activity throughout the calendar year, this is not always possible .Most courses and programmes are run at least twice per year. Please contact facultydevelopment.lase@hee.nhs.uk if you are interested in information on future course dates. Please check all course dates prior to booking your place.

Following your online booking you will be required to submit an electronic passport style photo. If you are a GP who gained your CCT prior to August 2007 you will also be required to submit a copy of your MRCGP certificate to us electronically. You will be contacted by the relevant administrator in order to arrange this following your booking.