Emergency Medicine


ARCP (Annual Review of Competency Progression)

An assessment of evidence of competency progression is made annually by a panel of at least three individuals made up of a Training Programme Director or Head of School and two other trainers. Trainees are usually expected to attend their ARCP unless out of programme at the time.  There is external validation of this process. At least 10% of ARCP panel decisions are reviewed by a trained lay representative and an experienced member of another Deanery School of Emergency Medicine (in our case from the Northern Deanery at present).

In the ARCP meeting the panel will review the ePortfolio, with particular regard to the Educational Supervisor’s structured training report . A checklist of the elements required by the Royal College of Emergency Medicine is used in this meeting. This checklist is taken directly from the 2010 curriculum.

The checklists that you will be assessed against are available by following the links at the bottom of this page. Please familiarise yourself with them from the outset of your first year of training. More detail can be found on the Royal College of Emergency Medicine 2010 Curriculum and the ACCS website.

The primary purpose of the ARCP meeting is to ensure that:

  1. All evidence that has been requested is in place, and that
  2. The evidence collated indicates that the trainee is gaining the requisite clinical and professional skills to progress in training.

If all elements are in place and the evidence indicates that the trainee is progressing as expected, then an ARCP outcome 1 is issued.

If all required evidence is not available for review, then the trainee will be issued an Outcome 5. This requires the trainee to write formally to the Head of School to explain the shortfall in evidence. Following this explanation the ARCP panel may decide that outcome 5 assessment will form part of the trainee’s record. The trainee will be informed of what further evidence is required and a time scale for delivery. If this is not achieved within the academic year then training will need to be extended - i.e. an ARCP outcome 3 issued.

The ARCP process usually occurs in June and July. It is important, however, that the requisite evidence is collated throughout the year.

For a more detailed guide to ARCP please see section 7 of the Gold Guide.


Face to face meetings

The ARCP meeting is an assessment of evidence. In the Y&H School of Emergency Medicine this is combined with a face to face meeting to go through the ARCP outcome, give narrative feedback about the year, offer career advice and listen to any concerns about training. For those with an adverse outcome at ARCP, problems with progression will be discussed and educational prescriptions formulated.


How to pass your ARCP: CT1

How to pass your ARCP: CT2

How to pass your ARCP: CT3

How to pass your ARCP: ST4

How to pass your ARCP: ST5

How to pass your ARCP: ST6

How to pass your ARCP: ST7 (Paediatric Emergency Medicine sub-speciality training)

How to pass your ARCP: DRE-EM: Acuite Medicine

How to pass your ARCP: DRE-EM: Anaesthetics

How to pass your ARCP: DRE-EM: Emergency Medicine

How to pass your ARCP: DRE-EM: ICM

How to pass your ARCP: DRE-EM:PEM

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