Peer Support Network

The Peer Support Network (PSN) brings together doctors who are working towards their RCP Educator accreditation.

This course is designed to guide doctors in their exploration of educational theory and their development of two small-scale, workplace projects. Doctors progress through the PSN course in a cohort, supported by peers and a designated tutor, across three face-to-face teaching days and a dedicated online discussion forum.

Upcoming cohort dates

We advise delegates to book on to their PSN cohort well in advance, as the courses tend to become fully booked very quickly. Please ensure that you can attend all three of the teaching days before booking.

Email education.courses@rcplondon.ac.uk to register your interest in details of future PSN cohorts and to receive early notification of dates.

It made a lot of issues concrete that at first seemed a bit theoretical and gave me the confidence to put them into practice […]

Dr Davies, consultant at University of Liverpool and PSN attendee 2017

Course content

Across the three face-to-face teaching days, delegates will participate in discussions and activities surrounding educational theory on collaborative learning, reflection and evaluation. Some of the topics you will explore include:

  • characteristics of adult learners
  • roles of a teacher in the clinical setting
  • how to enhance your own practice as a medical educator
  • peer observations and the 'crictical friend' model
  • obtaining effective feedback from colleagues
  • approaches for assessing learners' progress
  • strategies for reflection.

Course assessment

Delegates will undertake two small-scale educational projects in their own workplace. They will use the face-to-face workshops, as well as their cohort's online forum, to discuss these projects, refine ideas and provide support to their peers. A brief report of these projects is submitted and assessed by the RCP tutors.

I really feel it has changed my practice with evaluation and developing programmes of education.

Dr Roberta Jordan, hospice doctor and PSN attendee 2017

Course fee

  • Full rate: £805
  • Membership and early-bird discounts are available.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should attend the Peer Support Network?

This course is suitable for doctors of all grades and specialties who have an interest in improving the quality of medical education in their workplace.

What is the RCP Educator accreditation?

The RCP Educator accreditation is a flexible, modular programme that supports doctors in building a solid foundation for their careers in medical education.

How does the Peer Support Network link to the RCP Educator accreditation?

The Peer Support Network is one of four short courses that make up the accreditation pathway. Unlike the other three courses (listed below), the Peer Support Network is exclusively for doctors who are working towards their accreditation. The four accreditation courses can be attended in any order, although we recommend attending one of the following courses prior to commencing the Peer Support Network: