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RCP college and associate college tutors

RCP college tutors (CTs) and associate college tutors (ACTs) provide valuable and important support to the RCP, their trust and health education board by overseeing and supporting trainees through their education and training.

RCP CTs and ACTs are professionally responsible to the RCP and the local education and training board (LETB) but are managerially responsible to their trust. Many trusts and LETBs also produce CT and ACT role descriptions. Therefore, the RCP CT role description and RCP ACT role description should be read in conjunction with local documents.

RCP college tutors

RCP college tutors (CTs) provide an educational leadership role. Their responsibilities include:

  • promoting education within their directorate
  • overseeing the training of all postgraduate physician trainees
  • ensuring high-quality training for core medical trainees (CMT) and higher specialty trainees
  • supporting the educational supervision process for CMTs and, in many trusts, acting as the CMT tutor
  • working with their associate college tutors (ACTs) and supporting core and higher specialty trainees.

Please download the full RCP CT role description at the bottom of the page for further details.

RCP associate college tutors

RCP associate college tutors (ACTs) have an important and key role in supporting their local RCP CT. They do this by:

  • acting as the link between trainees, the CT and RCP
  • providing peer support to, and arranging regular meetings with, their physician trainees
  • promoting education amongst trainees and supporting professional development and training
  • maintaining regular contact with regional RCP trainee representatives and attending RCP meetings
  • representing and championing the RCP within their trust.

Please download the full RCP ACT role description at the bottom of the page for further details.

How to apply

If you would like to become a college tutor or an associate college tutor in your hospital, please download the RCP role description and express your interest to your postgraduate medical education department manager. 

Once appointed, please make sure you contact your local regional office manager where there is one to immediately notify them of your appointment. If your region does not currently have an office, please contact RCPTutors@rcp.ac.uk for further information.

National conference

The RCP now runs an annual conference for all CTs and ACTs to attend. The programme will be devised by the Linacre fellow and provide training, development, ideas and best practice sharing and networking opportunities.

RCP Linacre fellow and trustee councillor

Dr Jo Szram is the RCP’s Linacre fellow, a role focused on the development and leadership of the RCP’s network of college tutors and associate college tutors.

She is responsible for linking their work to that of other regional roles, the RCP’s Trainees Committee and New Consultants Committee representatives, and advocates and champions college tutors’ work within the wider medical workforce.

Jo is a consultant respiratory physician specialising in occupational lung disease at the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, and clinical advisor for Health Education England’s medical reform programme, including lead dean for the Flexible Portfolio Training Pilot. She is chair of NACT UK, which represents and supports directors of medical education and other educational leaders across the four nations to promote excellence in quality of education for all healthcare learners. She sits on the Council of the Royal Society of Medicine’s Patient Safety Section and has been an elected councillor at the RCP since 2018.

She has worked with the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board (JRCPTB) quality team to critically assess and refine training, and acts as external assessor to the internal medicine training programme in Wayanad, Kerala.

Her work on the editorial board of the Future Healthcare Journal  has provided the opportunity to influence the evolution of the publication as a way to empower all, particularly doctors in training, to demonstrate what they have learnt, and spread and share their knowledge widely.

To me, the RCP is all about belonging – by being part of a wide–ranging, wide–reaching organisation of diverse individuals who represent and promote the brilliance of physicians as they train and develop in their careers.

Dr Jo Szram