Guidance on undergraduate clinical placements

Purpose of this guidance and who it is aimed at

This guidance applies to everyone involved in undergraduate clinical placements and assistantships. This includes medical schools, placement providers and medical students. Where appropriate and relevant it can also be used by educators and placement providers involved in clinical placements for physician associates.

It aims to support medical schools and placement providers to meet our standards linked to clinical placements. It also gives guidance on addressing issues which impact on placements or student welfare. Students can use this guidance to learn what's expected of them on their placements.

It brings together the key standards and requirements linked to clinical placements in Outcomes for graduates, Promoting excellence: standards for medical education and training and Promoting excellence: equality and diversity considerations.