Film footage from Horfield Health Centre helps medical undergraduates to continue studies during pandemic

  • 06 October 2020


Footage filmed at Horfield Health Centre for the Channel 5 documentary series GPs: Behind Closed Doors has been used by the Medical Schools Council to provide vital training for medical students during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Production company, Knickerbockerglory, were based at the health centre for nine months in 2017 where they filmed GPs, staff and patients for the programme, which is one of the most-viewed on Channel 5.

Social distancing measures have meant it has not been possible for students to carry out their placements in practices as they would normally this year. The content from the programmes, which shows a wide-range of patient consultations, has therefore provided an essential resource for students and enabled to continue their education.

In a letter, the Medical Schools Council thanked Horfield Health Centre for its contribution:

“On behalf of all the medical schools in the UK and Ireland we should like to thank you and all your colleagues for your generosity in allowing Knickerbockerglory to film various of your patient consultations in order to create the Channel 5 Documentary GPs: Behind Closed Doors.

As you know, you subsequently gave permission for the clips to be used for educational purposes behind a firewall. Over the last two months GPs linked to medical schools across the UK have worked incredibly hard to create learning materials from these videos. Every consultation has been tagged for clinical and educational content and is accompanied by a brief summary, associated learning points, references and suggested student activities. In this way structured learning objectives can be created for students at different stages of their education. The authenticity of the films, whose creation you facilitated, has resulted in an exceptional resource - which at this particular juncture could not be more valuable.

“You and your staff have enabled medical education to continue despite the pandemic and the nation owes you a debt of gratitude.”

Dr Alison Bolam from Horfield Health Centre said: “I am so pleased that the footage that was filmed here was able to be used to support students during the pandemic and we were delighted to receive such as wonderful letter of thanks from the Medical Schools Council.”