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.
All ACCS AN, EM and AM trainees will be asked to have their portfolio ready for review around a month before their ARCP. In the documents below there is an example of how to set out your e-portfoli which was developed by one of the current higher trainees Angad Sethi.
The information included up to this date will be noted as part of either a face to face or a remote panel review process i.e. the trainee does not need to attend in person.
All Trainees must upload a completed ARCP checklist into their personal library. Each section of the checklist should indicate where the relevant assessments are uploaded. This will enable the reviewer to easily find information for all ACCS groups.
Anaesthetic trainees should upload any paper based WBPA onto the RCOA eportfolio. This must include evidence mapped to the ACCS common competences. List where uploaded WBPAs have been filed on the ARCP checklist
Remote ARCP eportfolio review
6 June 2019 ePortfolio cut off.
All initial ARCP reviews will be remote. Remote ARCP panel's will sit between 10 - 21 June 2019. The panel will review the evidence presented in the e-portfolio and an outcome recommendation will be made.
You will be informed of your ARCP outcome on 22 June 2019. Those with eportfolio ARCP forms should check their eportfolio for their outcome.
- If you receive an outcome 1 or 6 this is the end of the process
- If you receive an outcome 5 (further evidence required) you will have a short window of time from 24 June - 8 July 2019 to submit the missing evidence as specified by your ARCP panel. You will be informed of your further ARCP outcome on 9 July 2019.
- If it is expected you may receive an outcome 2, 3 or 4 (adverse outcome), you will be required to attend a face to face ARCP on 17 July 2019 in Leeds. Timetables for this day will be available after 21 June 2019.
Face to face meetings
If you are invited to a face to face meeting, the meeting will 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.
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 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 2015 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 2015 Curriculum and the ACCS website.
The primary purpose of the ARCP meeting is to ensure that:
- All evidence that has been requested is in place, and that
- 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
2019 ARCP Dates
4 January 2019 ePortfolio cut off.
14 - 18 January 2019 - All regions will review their ARCPs in this window.
18 January 2019 - West.