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College Tutors

The College values the work carried out by its tutors and has a number of resources available to them. Please complete the College Tutor Nomination/Renomination Form if you are interested in the role.

College Tutors (CTs) have overall responsibility as lead trainers for the postgraduate training in the unit and are the point of contact with the Royal College.  They are an important component to the delivery of a successful training programme across the country and therefore the work they do is greatly appreciated by the College.

Within the unit, CTs lead and work closely with a team of Clinical Supervisors (CS, responsible for day-to-day supervision of trainees) and Educational Supervisors (ES, responsible for the global supervision and support of trainees).

Beyond the unit, CTs will liaise with Directors of Medical Education (DMEs) in the Trust, Training Programme Directors (TPDs) at the LETB/Deanery and Regional Education Advisers (REAs) appointed by The Royal College of Ophthalmologists. Regional Education Advisers are listed in the Ophthalmic Directory .

These are useful local sources of help and support if required.  Bigger units might wish to consider appointing an Associate College Tutor with whom duties may be shared.

Newly-appointed College Tutors are expected to attend a College Tutor Training Day within six months of appointment.  These workshops also serve as refresher for College Tutors on their second term.

College Tutor Training Day

The aim of the day is to examine the main duties of a College Tutor and discuss the delivery and assessment of training. It will also give the opportunity to ask questions about College work and meet other College Tutors.  To book a place, please complete and return the combined College Tutor Nomination/Renomination Form.

The training day is also suitable for Associate College Tutors who support CTs in their role. Please contact the Education and Training Department should you wish to book a place.

2021 dates:

Monday, 12 April 2021

Summer and Autumn 2021 dates TBC

Training the Trainers

College Tutors would also benefit from attending the Royal College Training the Trainers courses.

Further information to support CTs in post may be found at:

Ophthalmic Directory
Ophthalmic Specialist Training (OST) Curriculum
E-portfolio Help
Brief Outline of Examinations

Opportunities to develop the education and training role include participating in regional ARCPs (Annual Review of Competency Progression) or National Recruitment.  It is hoped that progress will be made in due course to take on roles as Regional Education Adviser, Training Programme Director, Head of School or Examiner.

Mrs Cordelia McKechnie is currently the Chair of the Training the Trainers Sub-committee.