Appraisal & Assessment (ARCP)

Trainees should also refer to the HEE YH Appraisals & Assessments page, as well as this school page, for information and guidance about ARCPs. 

All trainees enrolled in a surgical programme, including trainees who are out of programme, are expected to undergo an Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP) at the end of the training year. For full details of the process, please see the Gold Guide.

Trainees should refer to their objectives, curriculum requirements and the College decision aids when preparing their portfolios for review by the ARCP panel. ARCP requirements vary by training programme and trainees are responsible for ensuring that they are aware of the requirements and make reasonable efforts to achieve them. If you are unsure about the requirements or you feel there are circumstances impeding you from meeting the requirements, you should contact either your Educational Supervisor or Training Programme Director.

All trainees due an ARCP must submit a fully completed Form R Part B [upload to Other Evidence > Miscellaneous, and email to surgery.yh@hee.nhs.uk].

Academic trainees must submit a fully completed Report on Academic Trainees Progress.

Trainees who are out of programme must submit a Out of Programme Form and Supervisors Report (where applicable).

The majority of ARCPs are held in June and July. ARCPs for some trainees will take place between December and February, depending on when they joined the programme or whether they are out of sync due to statutory leave or other reason. Trainees who are awarded an Outcome 2 or 3 normally have a further ARCP at 6 months to review their progress.

Provisional ARCP dates for 2021/2022 are listed below:

  • Core Surgical Training - Fri 10 Dec 2021, Wed 22 - Fri 24 June 2022
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery - tbc
  • General Surgery - 14 July 2022
  • Neurosurgery - tbc
  • OMFS - tbc
  • ENT - tbc
  • Paediatric Surgery - tbc
  • Plastic Surgery - tbc
  • T&O - tbc
  • Urology - tbc
  • Vascular Surgery - tbc

Useful links

Core Surgical Training

The ARCP is a formal process. If you are invited to attend a feedback meeting, you should treat it as the professional occasion (dress, demeanour etc.)

Ensure your ISCP portfolio is completed AT LEAST two weeks before the ARCP date. After this time you may continue to update your portfolio but any changes that you make will not count towards your ARCP.  This allows the panel to review your portfolio in advance of the ARCP.

  • Complete record of training progress / placements
  • Initial, middle and final AES meetings for BOTH placements
  • Clinical supervisor comments for BOTH placements
  • AES report for BOTH placements (clinical supervisor’s report is necessary before this can be done)
  • AES must activate your progress against topics in your learning agreement. If this is done properly you will see a series of green ticks / orange circles against each topic in the learning agreement. We expect about 75% of topics in the curriculum to have a green tick by CT2 end (with evidence to support this). A series of empty grey boxes next to the topics means this has not been done – you need to engage with your AES to activate as this can ONLY be done on their log-in.

You can download the Global Objectives and self-scoring checklist at the bottom of this page.

Documents:
PDF icon Global Objectives 2020 (Core Surgery)

PDF icon Revised Global Objectives Nov 2020 (Core Surgery)

PDF icon Self-Scoring Checklist 2020 (Core Surgery)

PDF icon Global Objectives 2021 (Core Surgery)

PDF icon Self-Scoring Checklist 2021 (Core Surgery)

Cardiothoracic Surgery

This section is under development. If you have any questions about the ARCP requirements for Cardiothoracic Surgery, please contact your Educational Supervisor or Training Programme Director.

General Surgery

Virtual ARCP 

 
The format of the virtual ARCP will follow current HEEYH guidelines at the time of a specific ARCP date. The format mentioned below is subject to change in line with such guidelines. 

At present, virtual ARCPs are held twice a year, usually in February and July. You will be notified about dates for ARCP and the trainee feedback meeting well in advance. Prior to the ARCP all trainees will be expected to submit the standard set of documents and updates on ISCP by the lockdown date. 

After the ARCP, a trainee virtual feedback meeting will be held on a separate date. In this meeting the trainees will have the opportunity to discuss their training and plan for the next stage. You are not required on the date of the ARCP but will be expected to attend the trainee feedback meeting so keep this date free to attend. 

All evidence for your ARCP needs to be uploaded onto your ISCP portfolio by the specified lock down date before your ARCP: 

  • An up-to-date e-logbook outlining casework over the last 12 months.   
  • SAC indicative numbers summary from e-logbook must be uploaded to the ‘other evidence/miscellaneous’ section of ISCP to cover the last 12 months AND consolidation of ST3+ period. 
  • An Educational Supervisor’s structured report (for the placement(s) covered in the ARCP) with the MCRs as outlined in the new regulations. 
  • Respective checklist pertaining to the level of training or next level of training (ST4/6/8) to be uploaded to the ‘other evidence/miscellaneous’ section of ISCP.  
  • Form R –completed and saved in a readable pdf format. The Form R must be emailed to surgery.yh@hee.nhs.uk and uploaded to the ‘other evidence/miscellaneous’ section of ISCP. 
  • Up to date CV.  
  • Evidence of MSF, audit, courses including ATLS, exams, conferences/meetings, presentations, publications, research, teaching, awards etc. 
  • Completed Annual Assessment of Academic Progress (where applicable).   
  • Evidence of Out of Programme activities (where applicable).   
  • Any other documentation as required by your School.   

AB Harikrishnan

Consultant Colorectal Surgeon

Neurosurgery

This section is under development. If you have any questions about the ARCP requirements for Neurosurgery, please contact your Educational Supervisor or Training Programme Director.

Oral and Maxillo-Facial Surgery

This section is under development. If you have any questions about the ARCP requirements for OMFS, please contact your Educational Supervisor or Training Programme Director.

Otolaryngology

This section is under development. If you have any questions about the ARCP requirements for ENT, please contact your Educational Supervisor or Training Programme Director.

Paediatric Surgery

This section is under development. If you have any questions about the ARCP requirements for Paediatric Surgery, please contact your Educational Supervisor or Training Programme Director.

Plastic Surgery

This section is under development. If you have any questions about the ARCP requirements for Plastic Surgery, please contact your Educational Supervisor or Training Programme Director.

Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery

This section is under development. If you have any questions about the ARCP requirements for T&O, please contact your Educational Supervisor or Training Programme Director.

Urology

This section is under development. If you have any questions about the ARCP requirements for Urology, please contact your Educational Supervisor or Training Programme Director.

Vascular Surgery

This section is under development. If you have any questions about the ARCP requirements for Vascular Surgery, please contact your Educational Supervisor or Training Programme Director.

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