General Practice Tutors

GP Tutors are important members of the Post-Certificate GP School workforce and facilitate the GP Workforce Development of all GPs working in their area.

They work closely with the NHS England Area Teams to facilitate appropriate learning activity that answers the needs of the local GPs as identified by the appraisal process and by the collation of clinical governance data.

They are developing relationships with local Practice-based Commisioning Groups, helping them identify the professional learning needs generated by new services arising in their localities and responding to those needs appropriately.

In many areas these needs are being answered by events supported by the Area Teams through Protected Learning Time arrangements, either as local educational meetings or as multi-professional learning events in individual practices.

GP Tutors also have a vital role in preparing GPs for Revalidation. They usually act as leaders of their local Appraiser Learning Sets and also help raise awareness of the requirements for revalidation amongst the local GP workforce.

They act as local resource directories for individual GPs looking for primary care knowledge and skills training and work closely with the staff in local Postgraduate Medical Education Centres.

View further information on the GP Tutor role here

The role of the GP Tutor has developed significantly over the last year or two, reflecting changes to GP appraisal and in anticipation of Revalidation. Their present job description includes the following list of roles and responsibilities:

  • To facilitate educational activity for all GPs, enabling them to fulfil the requirements of appraisal, re-licensing and re-certification and promoting the relevance of such activity for individual personal and professional development, and to enhance patient care and service provision. This includes the support of individual GPs who require some intervention to maintain or achieve good performance, directing individuals toward appropriate resources such as mentoring and careers advice
  • To work with the PCT to lead the development of practice-based, locality-based and PCT-wide educational activities for GPs and Primary Care Teams, promoting inter-disciplinary and multi-professional learning and development. This should include locating, co-ordinating and signposting educational resources within the local area to underpin and encourage the development of patient services
  • To accredit such educational activity if required by Primary Care Trust (PCT), Health Education England working across Kent, Surrey & Sussex (HEE KSS), Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) or other relevant authority to fulfil the requirements of appraisal, re-licensing and re-certification and with a view to improve patient care and health service delivery
  • To have a key role in working with PCTs to ensure that Annual Appraisal of all GPs is appropriately managed, including the production of individual Personal Development Plans (PDPs). This includes educational leadership of the local GP Appraiser network, working with PCTs and in agreement with deanery policy, leading locality based learning sets and establishing and promoting the identified learning needs of that group
  • To contribute to the quality assurance of the appraisal process within their local area, working closely with the relevant PCT Officer(s) to ensure the appropriate levels of support, supervision, recruitment and ongoing education and training of all involved in the GP Appraisal process
  • To inspect practices as required by HEE KSS to ensure appropriate standards are met for education, training and support for established doctors.
  • To collaborate with other colleagues involved locally in Primary Care education, including other Tutors, Programme Directors, Clinical Governance and Education leads, RCGP Faculty representatives, other Primary Care, Hospital-based, and Undergraduate teachers and local Postgraduate Medical Education Centre (PGMEC) staff to lead on the promotion of lifelong learning and continuing professional development from certification to retirement that focuses on patient care and service delivery.
  • To liaise with the HEE KSS management team, the Lifelong Learning Adviser, the “Patch” Associate GP Dean, the relevant HEE KSS Lead for GP Workforce Development, the Deputy GP Dean and Postgraduate GP Dean, as required and as relevant
  • To attend and support HEE KSS events organised for GP Tutors, whether HEE KSS wide or county based, and other educational or development activities based on individual PDP needs identified through the annual HEE KSS appraisal system
  • To promote and contribute to the promotion of HEE KSS policy and the quality assurance of GP Workforce Development locally and throughout HEE KSS as a representative of the GP Dean and to provide written reports on their activities as requested by the GP Dean, conforming to the approved reporting model 

View KSS GP Tutor's contact details here

Kent

Tunbridge WellsJane Roome
MaidstoneTony Jones
MedwayVacant
Canterbury & CoastalShariq Lanker
South Coast & ThanetDarren Cocker

Surrey

Crawley & RedhillTerri Lovis
Surrey Heath,Farnham & FrimleyPaula Roberts
Martin Ballard
Guildford & WaverleyHamish Whitaker
Chertsey & AshfordBeth Coward
EpsomNicky Hamilton

Sussex

Hastings,High Weald & Lewes
Havens
Alex Dale
EastbournePeter Williams
Brighton & HoveLisa Argent
Mid Sussex & 
Horsham
Vacant
Worthing &
Chichester
Tanya Lawson