Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP)s & completing the Educational Supervisor's Structured Report (ESSR)
How to help your trainee prepare for the ARCP & completing the ESSR
Full details are outlined in the powerpoint presentation at the bottom of this page, which includes an overview of the ARCP process, derogations and checklists. It also outlines supervisory meetings, the importance of the ES completing the ESSR fully and non-clinical training opportunities for your trainees.
Specific references included in the presentation are:
- A Reference Guide for Postgraduate Foundation & Specialty Training in the UK (The Gold Guide). 8th Edition March 2020 The Gold Guide (2020) A Reference Guide for Postgraduate Foundation and Specialty Training in the UK
- Flowchart and guide to preparation for anaesthetic trainees for ARCPs and other FAQs https://www.yorksandhumberdeanery.nhs.uk/anaesthesia/preparing-your-arcp
- Specific guidance for anaesthetic ESs completing the ESSR is from the RCoA and guidance follows the ESSR navigation system on the LLP https://www.rcoa.ac.uk/sites/default/files/documents/2020-02/RCoA%20National%20ARCP%20Checklist%20ES%20guide%20V5.pdf
- Updated HEE generic guidance for completing an ES report is found here https://www.yorksandhumberdeanery.nhs.uk/sites/default/files/educational_supervisor_report_esr_guide_2020.pdf. There is an excellent summary/prompt sheet at the end
- Brief notes on good and bad ESs reports (NW School of Public Health) with examples can be found at the bottom of the page
- Virtual ARCP assessment & trainee feedback meetings: facilitating the best experience & practice Oeppen RS et al 2020. Brit J of Oral & Maxillofacial Surg 2020; 58: 1240-1244 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7556257/pdf/main.pdf
- NEW Being a good educational supervisor Barrie J, Walwyn S. BJA Education 2021; 21(3): 102-109. Excellent overview of the role of the ES including the principles of being an effective ES, purposes of each meeting and helpful and unhelpful supervisory behaviours.
Reflection should be part of a doctor’s every day practice and happens with both positive and negative events. Reflective practice is ‘the process whereby an individual thinks analytically about anything relating to their professional practice with the intention of gaining insight and using the lessons learned to maintain good practice or make improvements where possible’.
Requirements for ARCP are summarised in the ppt above. Further detail with templates to aid reflection and case examples of incidents for trainees and trainers from the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges 2018 are found in the Reflective Practice Toolkit here
Further useful guidance from 'The Reflective Practitioner' is here
A reflection on reflection. Dyal L, Kumar P. RCoA Bulletin Nov 2019. Issue 118 pp24-5
A national ARCP checklist for ARCP now exists for all CT & ST anaesthetic trainees.
ARCP checklist links to HEYH for CT & ST trainees https://www.yorksandhumberdeanery.nhs.uk/sites/default/files/rcoa_national_arcp_checklist_v5_0_0.pdf
This ARCP checklist was amended for Covid June 2020 with reduced requirements.
ARCP checklist for ACCS trainees https://www.rcem.ac.uk/RCEM/Exams_Training/UK_Trainees/Assessment_Schedule/RCEM/Exams_Training/UK_Trainees/Assessment_Schedule.aspx?hkey=67d9cac9-8e51-4c86-b559-a1fa5c826530
How to pass your ARCP: ICM trainees https://www.yorksandhumberdeanery.nhs.uk/sites/default/files/arcp_guide_for_icm_trainees_2018-2019_0.pdf