ARCP stands for Annual Review of Competence Progression
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The ARCP is a formal process that reviews the evidence presented by the trainee and their educational supervisor relating to the trainee’s progress in the training programme. This review looks at the amount and quality of the evidence to determine whether a trainee should move on to their next training module, or whether additional training experience or time is required. A full explanation of its purpose can be found in the Gold Guide via this link
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The ARCP Panel usually consists of at least one Training Programme Director and a minimum of two other trainers, such as Educational Supervisors and/or College tutors. In addition, there are certain circumstances where the Head/Deputy Head of School or an Associate Postgraduate Dean will be present, along with a member of the programme support team too. A proportion of ARCP panels also have a lay representative present.
ARCP Outcomes are reached after a panel has reviewed the evidence supplied by the trainee and contained within their training portfolio/lifelong learning platform. Since most ARCPs are conducted without the trainee present, it is essential that the training portfolio is up to date and contains all the evidence required by the ARCP panel. You can ensure you have provided the evidence by using the ARCP checklists, which can be accessed by one of the boxes below. It is helpful to complete the checklist with your ES and upload the completed checklist to your portfolio/LLP.
at the end of the ARCP process, the panel will issue an outcome. For trainees within the training programme, the following ARCP outcomes may be issued:
Outcome 1: Progressing as expected. Trainee anticipated to move on to their next training module.
Outcome 2: Development of specific competencies required, but no additional training time needed. Trainee is anticipated to move on to their next training module, but may require some additional competencies or training exposure during this period.
Outcome 3: Inadequate progress by trainee, additional training time required. This is for trainees who have specific training requirements that cannot be obtained without extra training time. This is usually for trainees who haven't yet passed the FICM exam and are not eligible to move into the next training phase without it. They may be given extra time ("on an extension") to obtain this missing component (e.g. the exam). The trainee's CCT date is likely to be extended.
Outcome 4: Trainee leaves the training programme without completion of training
Outcome 5: Incomplete evidence presented. ie. the panel cannot make a judgement on whether a trainee is progressing or not, because the required evidence is not available.
Outcome 6: Gained all required competencies and successfully completed the training programme
Trainees who are likely to receive an outcome 2, 3 or 4 will be required to attend the ARCP. This is to ensure that the panel can clarify the reasons for the outcome and ensure the trainee has a clear, well-supported action plan. The outcome of an ARCP panel should not be a surprise. Generally speaking, if you are invited to a panel because an Outcome 2, 3 or 4 is expected you will have already been contacted by your ES/CT/TPD who will help you to prepare.
Trainees expecting an Outcome 6 (Final ARCP) will be invited to attend but are not obliged to do so.
More detailed sections on ARCP related information such as "how to prepare" and "reflective practice" is available by clicking on the boxes at the bottom of the page. Answers to specific ARCP questions are in the FAQ's below.