Weds tutorial philosophy


The main purpose of Weds tutorials is to cover parts of the GP curriculum – furnishing you with clinical knowledge and its application.  We hope that this will help trainees prepare for their AKT and parts of the CSA – both of which test your ability to apply clinical knowledge.

Weds tutorials also deal with other areas in general practice which are either not covered in GP placements or where the coverage is variable; for instance, evidence based  medicine or the organisational and political influences on the practice of primary care medicine.


They are for trainees who are currently in a GP post.


Most of the time, the trainer and his/her trainee will jointly plan and deliver the Weds tutorial topic.   Trainee involvement is important because they know exactly what you want or need.   The trainer has the educational skills to help make the session have educational impact and come alive.   Trainees – please get involved with your Trainer’s session.

The following guiding principles may help you with constructing your session.

    1. Knowledge is imparted in constructivist way: that is, building on what they already know rather than just ‘vomiting’ information all over them. To be able to do this, one needs to figure out the trainees’ starting point. [Vico (1700s), Dewey (1938), Piaget (1950) and Vygotsky (1978)]
    2. The focus is on the application (to real cases for instance), analysis or evaluation of knowledge rather than a a regurgitation of facts, figures, guidelines or what is written in books [Bloom's Taxonomy of Learning Objectives (1956)]
    3. The trainees’ experience is used: encouraging trainees to bring their experience and reflect on it [Kolb's Learning Cycle (1984)]
    4. Learning  with ideas, feelings and actions (Bloom’s Taxonomy): encouraging trainees, where possible, to reflect in all three areas of knowledge, skills and attitudes [Bloom's Taxonomy of Learning Objectives (1956)]
    5. Encouraging a collaborative approach to learning: where trainees learn from each other, as well as from you [principles of Constructivism]
    6. Tying in the evidence where appropriate and how this evidence may be applied in practice [Evidence Based Medicine, Eddy (1990)]
    7. Promoting Self-Concept: to help trainees identify other resources to further deepen their knowledge, skills and/or attitudes and thus help with their daily practise aswell as the AKT and CSA. ['self-concept', Knowles (1984)

If you are facilitating a Weds tutorial try to ensure all members have the opportunity to contribute.  Aim for a group environment in which you can create a safe space in which difficult or uncomfortable issues can be discussed in confidence. And remember, it is always okay for the group to decide to change the agenda and deal with a more pressing aspect of the topic under discussion.


  • Always remember to sign the register.  We keep a log of who is good and bad at attending!
  • Sometimes, there will be a repeated session – please consider going again.   Our facilitators are always changing both the content of their material (in light of new clinical guidelines) and the method they use to deliver it. This means that the sessions may not be a repeat of former stuff even though going over old ground is quite often useful to help consolidate learning.
  • Facilitators put a lot of effort and time into these tutorials for YOU. So please make sure you attend and try to get there on time. It’s extremely difficult and frustrating for a trainer to keep restarting their educational session for the latecomers. Most of the time, your practice should only give you ONE home visit to do on a Weds to help you get here on time.  If your practice is a considerable distance from Ashcroft Surgery and you find yourself turning up persistently late, then you may want to discuss with your trainer whether  a ‘no visits on a Weds’ or a ‘shortened surgery + 1 visit’  are possible alternatives.

I have advised your practices that they should not give you more than one home visit on Weds in order to help you get here on time. If this is not the usual case, please let me know and I’ll see what I can do.  (Ramesh Mehay)


  • If you bring a presentation on a USB stick, please remember that it has to be an NHS approved smart stick.   If you don’t have one of these, then consider emailing the presentation to yourself and then accessing it from our internet-connected computer in the meeting room.
  • If you have any difficulty setting up the equipment, please ask for our Practice Manager, Chris Rushton or our Assistant Practice Manager, Pam Brown.
  • Unfortunately, Ashcroft Surgery does not have the spare capacity to nominate one of our staff members to do  any photocopying for your session. As you can imagine, like most of your own practices, Ashcroft is a busy surgery and its prime function in relation to Weds tutorials is simply to provide a comfortable venue with equipment.  Therefore, if you have any photocopying requirements prior to your session, please consider getting someone from your own practice to do it.  Alternatively, Sofya, our scheme’s administrator, might be able to help if you give her plenty of notice.