ARCP: Annual Review of Competence Progression

All doctors in GP training must be reviewed at least once a year to ensure that they are progressing satisfactorily through their training programme. This review is carried out at the Annual Review of Competence Progression panel (ARCP panel), and is held in workforce partnership areas or in Cambridge. Trainees will be notified of the date and place of their ARCP panels. Only some trainees are invited to attend panels in person.  Most are carried out without the trainee’s attendance, as the review is based on the evidence within the e-portfolio.

If a trainee is invited to attend an ARCP review, it will be to discuss their future progression and the options that are open to them.

The panel is organised by HEEoE and will consist of at least three panel members made up from the following: The GP Dean or Deputy GP Dean, an Associate Director, a Programme Director, a Trainer, a lay member.  

The local GPST Programme Administrator will notify the trainee and the Educational Supervisor when the ARCP will be taking place. The ARCP normally takes place 6-8 weeks before the trainee’s scheduled training year end. The panel review the information recorded within the trainee’s e-portfolio. It is the responsibility of the trainee to ensure the correct information is recorded within e-portfolio. Trainees need to ensure that their Educational Supervisor (ES) has completed and submitted the Educational Supervisor Report (ESR) within 2 months of the date of the ARCP panel. The trainee needs to ensure that both they and the ES have signed off the report.  If the ESR has not been completed and submitted for the ARCP review, an outcome 5 will be given (please see below the list of outcomes).

Once an ARCP has been completed the outcome cannot be changed. The ARCP panel members can enter concerns or areas that require further development within the ARCP review form. Trainees are encouraged to take note of any comments recorded. The trainee will receive notification within their ePorfolio that there is an ARCP that requires their electronic signature to show acceptance or the outcome and the report.

The trainee will be notified by HEEoE via email of their ARCP review outcome, and their Educational Supervisor will receive part of the checklist completed on the day which will include the outcome.

Trainees can ask for a review, or appeal against certain outcomes. Please see the Gold Guide for details of this process.

If a trainee is in their final year of training the accepted final ARCP review will activate the trainees Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) application. A trainee must apply to both the GMC and RCGP for the award of a CCT. RCGP will provide them with details of the online registration link (via which a trainee applies to the GMC).

Listed below are the potential ARCP outcomes:

ARCP outcomes:

  • Outcome 1: Achieving progress and the development of competences at the expected rate

  • Outcome 2: Development of specific competences required – additional training time not required

  • Outcome 3: Inadequate progress by the trainee – additional training time required

  • Outcome 4: Released from training programme with or without specified competences

  • Outcome 5: Incomplete evidence presented – additional training time may be required

  • Outcome 8: Out of programme (for those currently undertaking research or exprerience)

Please refer to the Gold Guide for the full list and details of the outcomes.


General Practice ARCP Dates 2016/2017

Wednesday 31 August 2016

Wednesday 21 September 2016

Wednesday 26 October 2016

Wednesday 30 November 2016

December ARCPs will be between 13 to 15 

January ARCPs will be between 17 to 25 

Wednesday 22 February 2017 

Thursday 30 March 2017

Wednesday 19 April 2017

Wednesday 24 May 2017

You will be allocated an ARCP date by the Assessment Administrator. 

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