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The investment of a new medical school in its local primary care community

Bartlett, Maggie; Webb, Matthew; McKinley, Robert K


Maggie Bartlett

Robert K McKinley


BACKGROUND: Keele School of Medicine has an innovative new MBChB curriculum with a strong focus on primary care. Our students spend a minimum of 115 days in general practice. AIM: To describe the investment by the school in the local primary care community. METHOD: We collated data on list sizes of current undergraduate teaching practices, county populations and the investment in practices' teaching skills and physical premises. RESULTS: Between academic years 2010-11 and 2012-13 a total of 118 (annual mean of 99) practices contributed to teaching across six counties, providing care for 655 229 people. Forty-five per cent of 243 practices in Staffordshire and Shropshire teach. They serve 51% of the two counties' population. We have invested £1.62 million in the premises of 25 practices providing services for 18% of people in Staffordshire and Shropshire, £273 000 in a rural campus in Shropshire, and £99 387 in set-up grants. We have conducted 249 practice development visits. There were 540 attendances at tutor development sessions. We have had a total of 2300 hours of face-to-face contact with our practices. CONCLUSION: The school has made a major investment in general practice in its area, contributing to the development of general practitioners and investing in practice premises.


Bartlett, M., Webb, M., & McKinley, R. K. (2015). The investment of a new medical school in its local primary care community. Education for Primary Care, 89 - 94.

Acceptance Date Oct 1, 2014
Publication Date Mar 1, 2015
Journal Education for Primary Care
Print ISSN 1473-9879
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Pages 89 - 94
Keywords medical faculty; primary health care; undergraduate medical education
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