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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 one small-scale, workplace project. Doctors progress through the PSN course in a cohort, supported by peers and a designated tutor, across three online virtual teaching days and a dedicated online discussion forum.

We advise delegates to book on to their PSN cohort well in advance, as the courses tend to become fully booked very quickly. 

You are expected to attend all three PSN teaching days in full.
If you are unable to attend a minimum of two full teaching days and/or you are unable to submit your Educational Initiative, please contact education.courses@rcp.ac.uk and this will be assessed on a case by case basis. 

Early-bird discounts are available for workshops booked in advance.

Future Dates

The new cohort has been released and is now LIVE to book: 

Peer Support Network 2024 September Cohort - ONLINE

Please email education.courses@rcp.ac.uk to register on the Course Demand List for early notification of when future dates are LIVE for booking.

Course content

Across the three online virtual 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 'critical friend' model
  • obtaining effective feedback from colleagues
  • approaches for assessing learners' progress
  • strategies for reflection.

Course assessment

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

Course fee

  • Full rate: £820


Membership and early-bird discounts are available. More information on becoming a member, and benefits from discounted RCP members delegate rates at conferences, training and events, 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: