The College/Specialty Tutor is responsible, within their defined area, or department, for overseeing the delivery of the training programmes to all postgraduate medical trainees. They should ensure a learning environment at departmental level which is challenging, supportive and, where appropriate, multi-professional. They should be appointed jointly by the Local Education Provider (Medical Director or DME) and appropriate Specialty/School representative. They are managerially accountable to the Clinical Director/Lead of the department with professional responsibility to the DME and Training Programme Directors.
College Tutors will work closely with Educational Supervisors and TPDs to ensure high quality training in line with college curriculum requirements. They should support trainees and trainers within their organisations, and work closely with the Royal College, NHS England and other relevant stakeholders.
We would recommend College Tutors and Local Education Providers use the job description template provided by NACT and amend this for your own organisation. We would encourage College Tutors to remain up to date with the training requirements for Educational Supervisors.
We have also attached the NACT, Faculty Guide from 2013 that sets out the roles and responsibilities for all involved in postgraduate education within a Trust.
Associate College Tutors/Trainee Tutors
It is important to involve trainees as early as possible in education. Within each hospital there should be a thriving junior doctor forum, which might have several specialty specific groups/meetings. A number of Royal Colleges have job descriptions for Associate College Tutor roles. Whilst it is not an essential requirement for these roles to be present within Trusts we would support trainees to have opportunities to undertake this work. We have a generic trainee tutor role that sets out the roles, responsibilities and expectations of this exciting role for trainees.