Annual Trainee Reviews


Annual Reviews

Annual reviews are designed to support you and protect patients by determining whether you are competent to progress. The ARCP and RITA processes have been revised nationally to include revalidation. The annual assessment will consider your training progress and your fitness to practise. 

It is important to understand that your fitness to practise will be considered at every ARCP/RITA and not just at your revalidation date. This applies whether you are a Core Trainee, LAT or hold a National Training Number. Annual reviews are necessary to maintain patient safety and ensure that you are generating information towards revalidation to meet the requirements of your curriculum and training programme.

Evidence is key to this, whether paper based or electronic, and must be gathered throughout the training year. You will be required to submit evidence 6 weeks before your assessment panel, who will review it in line with the specialty curriculum and local guidance. The full list of ARCP outcomes is available from The Gold Guide  and RITA outcomes are available from A Guide to Specialist Registrar Training 1998.

ARCP and  RITA outcomes are considered to be "satisfactory" or "unsatisfactory"; whilst these outcomes will continue to be used they are not necessarily an indicator of your recommendation for revalidation.



If you started training before 1 August 2007, it is likely that you will be covered by the Record of In Training Assessment (RITA) process. Full details on the RITA process can be found in the publication A Guide to Specialist Registrar Training (The Orange Book).

If you are a Specialty Registrar who started on or after 1 August 2007, then you will be covered by the Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP). Full details on the ARCP can be found in the publication A Reference Guide for Postgraduate Specialty Training in the UK (The Gold Guide).