Julian Hancock


Academic Lead for Undergraduate GP Teaching


I have overall responsibility for all aspects of GP teaching that takes place across the six years of the medical undergraduate course at Oxford.

As well as coordinating student teaching, I work with my fellow GP teachers in the 'Core Teaching Group to ensure all our teaching  remains relevant - and stimulating - for our students.  The primary care teaching team is responsible for delivery the following undergraduate courses:

Years 1 & 2

    • Patient & Doctor 'I' course (early patient contact)
    • The Stats course for pre-clinical students
Year 3
    • Final Honours School projects - we are keen to encourage students to take up projects based here in the NDPCHS
Year 4
    • Patient & Doctor 'II' course (which takes place at beginning of clinical course)
    • Communication Skills course
    • SSMs (Student Selected Modules) in primary care
    • Teaching sessions based in GP surgeries during DGH attachments
    • EBM course 
Year 5
  • Six-week GP attachment (our main teaching commitment in the clinical course)
Year 6
  • SSMs (Student Selected Modules) in primary care

I also lead on the development of the content of the various undergraduate modules, as well as the assessments of students during and after these various courses. I am keen to raise the profile of the primary care discipline with our students, and promote primary care as a career option for our graduates. 

After graduating from University of Bristol Medical School in 1982 and following initial training in paediatrics and anaesthetics, I 'saw the light' and undertook vocational training in general practice in SW London. From 1990 to 2002 I was a Principal in General Practice in SW London, and was also Clinical Lecturer in the Dept of Primary Care at St Georges, University of London (with responsibility for the student GP attachment in Year 4). In 2002, I moved to Burford Surgery in rural West Oxfordshire, now I work as a GP locum and as the ‘Crowd Doctor’ at Cheltenham Town FC.

Since 2002 I have held teaching roles in Oxford - initially as a 'SIFT teaching fellow' and then as 'medical education fellow' (in charge of student exams). My main educational interest is the fair assessment of students. I am Chair of the GMC's PLAB assessment (this is the exam for International Medical Graduates wanting to gain a license to practise in the UK). At the GMC I also work on the group charged with developing the new Medical Licensing Assessment (MLA) that, after 2022/23, all UK medical students will have to sit before gaining a license to practise in UK.

I was appointed Academic Lead for Undergraduate teaching here in Oxford in December 2018.