Student Placements within a Primary Care / GP Setting
General practice is amongst one of the largest branches/specialities within healthcare, with this service being the first point of care for the majority of the population. Being allocated to a general practice placement will give the student an opportunity to be involved and participate in the fundamentals of patient centred care, alongside fostering an understanding of patient perceptions of living with long term conditions, illness and minor ailments.
Working together with a practice nurse, as well as other members of the multidisciplinary team, the student will be able to observe, assist and undertake a multitude of interventions contributing to the well-being of the patients. Involvement with the wider multi-disciplinary team will be valuable in augmenting required evidence required for all learning domains and will supplement the knowledge of many long term conditions, their symptoms, treatment and management.
In the a primary care setting, there will be opportunities to learn about physical, mental and emotional health across all age ranges and healthcare spectrums, providing a platform to develop an holistic patient approach to nursing care. By experiencing this intimate environment, the student will be able to work with patients and carers more closely and therefore will require excellent interpersonal skills and full usage of the 6 C’s.