Community-based clinical attachments

From the end of 2020 intern year, every intern on prevocational medical training will be required to complete one clinical attachment in a community-based setting.

During postgraduate year 1 (PGY1) and postgraduate year 2 (PGY2), interns complete a series of 13-week clinical attachments as part of their prevocational medical training. From 2020, one of these attachments needs to be community-based. Completing a clinical attachment in a community will help to familiarise interns with the delivery of healthcare outside the hospital setting.

Training providers are currently following guidelines from the Council to ensure accredited community-based attachments are available for interns. These need to meet both the definition and accreditation standards of a community-based clinical attachment.

  • Definition of a community based attachment

    A community- based clinical attachment is an educational experience in a Council-accredited clinical attachment led by a specialist (vocationally-registered doctor) in a community-focused service in which the intern is engaged in caring for the patient and managing their illness in the context of their family and community.

  • Accreditation standards for clinical attachments

    This document outlines the standards clinical attachments that are completed by PGY1 and PGY2 must meet. These standards should be considered in conjunction with the accreditation standards for training providers.

  • Guide with information for DHBs who are providing community based clinical attachments.