College Tutors

The College Tutor is the RCPCH representative in the Trust. They have a duty to keep up to date with our standards in education and training, new educational initiatives and changes to the curriculum, examinations and assessments. Find out more about what a Tutor does and how they are appointed. You can download our full welcome pack, job description and useful resources from the bottom of this page.

About your role

As the RCPCH College Tutor, you are the paediatrician responsible for postgraduate medical education in your NHS Trust.

There have been major changes in the structure of postgraduate paediatric training and education. These have led to increased expectations of College Tutors by the College, Deaneries/LETBs (Local Education and Training Boards), NHS Trusts and trainees.

Today's Tutor needs an increasing amount of time. To make sure they can adequately carry out their role, we strongly recommend Tutors receive 1 PA (programmed activity) per week. At larger Trusts, Tutors may wish to appoint a deputy Tutor.

The Tutor needs a wide range of skills and experience. They should have a strong interest in education and an ability to effectively network with colleagues in the Trust and the Deanery/LETB.

The details of working arrangements within the Trust, including liaison across Trust boundaries, need to be appropriate to the local situation and agreed with colleagues.

Length of term

The term of office is three years, with the option of a further extension of two years, dependent on agreement from all parties.

After completing a five year term, Tutors may re-apply for the role.

Specialty Tutors

Many Deaneries/LETBs now participate in appointment of Specialty Tutors through a formal process.

Specialty Tutors hold a contract with the Deanery/LETB. In these cases, the Specialty Tutor can be the nominated RCPCH College Tutor for that Trust or constituency, provided that this is a joint appointment of the Deanery/LETB/Trust and RCPCH with a RCPCH representative on the panel.

Appointment

The interview panel should represent all parties with a legitimate interest (Deanery/LETB, Trust and College). The following constitution is suggested:

  • Head of School of Paediatrics or his/her appointed representative
  • RCPCH Regional Lead/Deputy Regional Lead or Training Programme Director
  • Trust Medical Director or Deputy or the Postgraduate Clinical Tutor.

Scroll to the bottom of the page to download the College Tutor job description and person specification.

Meetings

We expect that the Tutor (particularly new tutors) will attend:

  • one of our Paediatric College Tutor Days usually held in the autumn and spring and,
  • College Tutors session held at RCPCH Conference.

We strongly recommend you attend suitable updates and other relevant courses held by RCPCH, Deanery/LETB and other bodies.

For information on upcoming College Tutor meetings see our events listing.

Resources

Our College Tutor toolkit has a range of useful resources to help you in your role.

Change of College Tutor

Please notify us of a change of College Tutor by completing and returning the form below.