What is an ARCP?

The Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP) provides 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. It enables the trainee, the Postgraduate Dean and employers to document that the competences required are being gained at an appropriate rate and through appropriate experience. It should normally be undertaken annually and in Health Education England Thames Valley occurs in June/July for August starters and December/January for February starters. Less than full time trainees have an ARCP every 12 months. 


What happens at an ARCP?

At least six weeks before the ARCP panel date, trainees will be sent an invitation to attend, a list of evidence to present to the ARCP panel, and the cutoff date for evidence submission. The cutoff date for evidence submission is two weeks prior to the ARCP panel date.

After the cutoff date, Consultant Anaesthetists and Intensivists on the ARCP panel will review the evidence submitted via the RCoA e-portfolio/Lifelong Learning Platform or ICM eportfolio.

On the day of the ARCP panel, the panel convene in the morning, review the evidence and then recommend an ARCP outcome. As the ARCP process is the panel review of the evidence submitted, the trainee is not present for this. Possible outcomes are:

  1. Satisfactory progress – Achieving progress and competences at expected rate
  2. Development of specific competencies required - additional training time NOT required
  3.  Inadequate progress - Additional training time required
  4. Released from programme  with or without specified competencies.  
  5. Incomplete evidence presented – additional training time may be required 
  6. Completion of training – all necessary competencies have been achieved
  7. [LAT/FTSTA outcomes - no longer applicable]
  8. Out of programme experience for approved clinical experience, research or career break 

It is anticipated that at an ARCP, trainees not being recommended an outcome 1 satisfactory progress will already be aware of issues through discussion with their Educational Supervisor. 

In the afternoon after the ARCP process, trainees attend for face-to-face feedback of their ARCP outcome recommendation. Their ARCP outcome form will be completed and added to the trainees's training record. The RCoA require that trainees upload all of their signed paper ARCP outcome forms to the RCoA eportfolio/Lifelong Learning Platform. In future, all ARCP outcome forms will be completed on the Lifelong Learning Platform.

The ARCP process incorporates consideration of fitness to practice as part of the process to support the Postgraduate Dean's recommendation for revalidation. 

The ARCP process is important, and professional behaviour is expected from trainees (e.g. adequate time booked off, appropriate dress etc). For more information on the ARCP process please refer to the Gold Guide.


Do i need an arcp? 

If you expect to have an ARCP and have not received an invitation, then please contact the Education Programme Manager:

Maxine Grout

Health Education England Thames Valley, 4150 Chancellor Court, Oxford Business Park South, Oxford OX4 2GX

Tel: 01865 785548

maxine.grout@hee.nhs.uk