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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@rcplondon.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

Dr Ananthakrishnan Raghuram was appointed as the RCP Linacre fellow in 2016 and works closely in support of the registrar, focusing on the development and leadership of the RCP network of college tutors. As the RCP invests in our regional networks, the Linacre fellow is now responsible for driving engagement with college tutors and linking their work to that of other regional roles, most notably regional advisers.

The Linacre fellow will help shape the way RCP CTs and ACTs work, how they contribute to the wider workforce, and how they can make a positive impact within their trusts in providing support and development to their physicians in training.