Community-Based Medical Education (CBME)

Helping GPs in north-west England to host students on placements from the UK’s largest medical school.



What we do

We organise placements with GPs in north-west England who would like to help train medical students from The University of Manchester studying on the five-year MBChB course.

Manchester has delivered outstanding medical education for almost 150 years. We are the largest medical school in the UK, with over 2,200 undergraduate medical students.

The CBME team recruits enthusiastic and highly motivated tutors to supervise and deliver teaching to our students as appropriate to their level of study while encouraging them to consider general practice as a career.



How you can get involved

You can teach students from any year of the Medicine course at Manchester, whether you host them on placements at your practice or supervise their projects.

These opportunities include our Early Clinical Experience placements for Year 1 and 2 students, Advancing Clinical Practice placements (Year 4) and Student Assistantship placements (Year 5), all of which receive excellent feedback annually from our students.

Placements can range from half-day visits to longer arrangements lasting for several weeks. You can offer as many or as few placements as your practice has capacity for.

You don’t need to have a teaching qualification to join us, and support is offered throughout your time with us. Other staff at your practice can also get involved with the placements.

If you’re interested in signing up, see how you can get in touch with us and what happens next.



“The whole experience from start to finish has been great, from having the PRiME training to the CBME team’s support, and then our two 5th years in our practice. If I had to sum up my advice to GPs apprehensive about taking on the first student, I’d just say make sure you know why you’re doing it and then start as you mean to go on.”
Dr Zalan Alam / Salaried GP at The Village Medical Centre, Littleborough (Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale CCG)



Why teach our students?

You could inspire medical students undertaking placements and projects at your practice to specialise in general practice too, ensuring a strong future for the profession.

You will develop your skills as an educator, with opportunities for training and career development available to our GP tutors, including free CPD workshops.

Financial payments are also offered for each placement, which you can use to cover the time you would normally spend on your everyday duties.



“This was the best placement I have ever had in clinical medicine. I received constant feedback and was treated excellently by all staff. This is the first placement where I have felt proud of myself after finishing the rotation for all that I have achieved.”
Year 4 MBChB student on Advancing Clinical Practice Block placement





Collaborating with you

We work with you to meet demand for high-quality community placements while promoting local employment opportunities in the changing healthcare landscape.

Our lecturers are happy to talk to you about GP tutor activities in their area.



Contact us

We’re happy to answer any questions you may have about taking medical students for placements at your practice.

Please contact Andy Conway, CBME Quality Enhancement Coordinator, in the first instance:

Phone: +44 (0) 161 275 1879