Sangeeta Patel is a part-time Senior Lecturer in General Practice, where her role is as the Course Director for the GPT course.
This is a coherent integrated course where observation of clinical practice is supplemented by opportunities for feedback and reflection. It is supported by a theoretical framework to help develop a patient-centred consultation style and effective clinical reasoning skills.
Sangeeta Patel is the Senior Partner of Balham Park Surgery, an establised training and teaching practice of 19-20,000 patients with a strong clinical and patient-centred reputation. She is a joint Clinical Director of the Nightingale Primary Care Network. She is the Clinical Commissioning Group Appointed Clinical Governor of the St George's Foundation Trust.
Sangeeta has now focussed her energy into developing and running the GPT Course, which is now a five week rolling attachment that runs throughout the MBBS T year (‘Transitional’ year, the first ‘clinical’ year for school-leavers and graduates). The course provides opportunities for the students to grasp the theory behind consultation in general practice – they are given pointers to sources and provided with practical guidance during interactive weekly seminar teaching. Students further develop their consultation and diagnostic clinical reasoning skills with patients when sitting in with in local GP tutors during their surgeries. Students are given opportunities to reflect upon and integrate their experiences in twice weekly small group (hub) exercises led by experienced local GP ‘hub’ tutors. Towards the end of the attachment, students are given an OSCE style formative examination in which they are given direct personal verbal and written feedback from simulated patients and examiners. Sangeeta has developed and gives the seminars and hub material, and supports the local GP tutors and the actors. She teaches the students in her practice, during their GP observations and their hub tutorials. In the medical school, she liaises with the clinical and communication skills teams and the year lead to ensure that the GPT forms part of the students’ wider learning.