In 2007 Keele University School of Medicine rolled out its novel curriculum to which general
practice makes a major contribution. In this paper we describe the systematic approach we
took to developing the GP curriculum; from the underlying educational principles which
guided its development, the subsequent decisions we made to the curriculum itself. This
consists of 23 weeks of clinical placements in general practice; four weeks in year 3, four
weeks in year 4 and 15 weeks in year 5. We describe the steps which were necessary to
prepare for the implementation of the GP curriculum.
We consider that the successful implementation of our general practice contribution is a
result of our systematic identification of these principles, the clearly articulated design
decisions and the systematic preparation for implementation involving the academic GP
team and all our potential teaching practices.