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Medical student at James Alexander Medical Practice, Hull

Becoming a GP placement provider

Are you thinking about becoming a GP placement provider for Hull York Medical School medical students? Here you'll find out how you get involved, and why it is a brilliant opportunity for our students as well as your surgery.


Help train future doctors

Are you interested in developing your teaching skills whilst also helping develop a workforce that can meet the health needs of our region, now and in the future?

If so, becoming a placement provider for undergraduate medical students is a great opportunity for you and your practice.

Hull York Medical School expanded to recruit an additional 90 students from 2019.

This is good news for healthcare in our local region, and provides an opportunity for more GPs and practices to become involved in providing student placements.

Student with a child and parent in a GP surgery
Medicine student and a GP with a patient at Brough GP Surgery
Medical students in discussion with a colleague at Brough GP Surgery

Why become a GP placement provider

Benefits of hosting students

As a placement provider, the benefits of hosting undergraduate medical students include:

  • Being involved in training the workforce of the future, and interesting them in general practice as a career
  • Offering a portfolio career for GPs who would like to balance clinical sessions with educational sessions
  • Helping GPs stay up to date and increasing professional satisfaction
  • A refreshing addition to the usual clinical week
  • An opportunity for GPs to network with fellow tutors both in primary care and secondary care
  • Developing links with students which may provide recruitment opportunities in future


Dr Judith Matthews

GP Partner at Helmsley Medical Centre & Terrington Surgery

I started teaching year 5 in Helmsley when Hull York Medical School first set up, and have continued to enjoy this for the past 11 years. Teaching year 5 students is a very rewarding experience. The students are very nearly qualified at this stage, conduct their own surgeries, and enrich the practice team greatly. Patients enjoy consulting with a student, and as a tutor and role model it ensures I stay both up to date, and positive about general practice in today's very challenging NHS environment.

What's involved?

There are opportunities for developing new placements for each of the MBBS year groups and on different days of the week. These include:

  • Year 1 and 2 students
    Year 1 and 2 groups attend your practice in small groups, for half a day (year 1) and for a full day (year 2). Students meet a couple of pre-selected patients with their tutor, practice examinations and discuss some suggested clinical topics.
  • Year 3 and 4 students
    Students attend your GP practice for one day a week, working in supervised surgeries with their tutor who also does a 1-2 hour tutorial.
  • Year 5 students
    Final year students spend 8 weeks full-time in a practice doing at least four surgeries alongside their tutor, as well as other activity and self-directed learning.
  • Gateway Year students
    There will also be opportunities in Hull to offer placements for students on the Medicine with a Gateway Year programme which started in September 2019.

Support and training for GP tutors

​GPs receive a comprehensive tutor-training programme, which is run on all sites. You will be invited to initial training, and have support from other experienced tutors and faculty.

Thereafter you are expected to undertake at least one training session on an annual basis but will also have access to online training and other mechanisms of support. 

Remuneration for placements

Remuneration is competitive with rates that cover clinical backfill.

In addition, for the coming 2020/2021 academic year an additional incentive payment will be available to practices taking new and additional Phase 1 (Years 1 and 2) placement groups. This will support practices with backfill for tutor training and the purchase of equipment useful for teaching. For more details please email us at:

How to become a placement provider

If you are interested in becoming a GP placement provider please contact us using the online form below, or email us at: