Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP)


Towards the end of the F1 and F2 years, the local Foundation Training Programme Director (FTPD) & Foundation School will hold an Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP) panel where the progress of all local foundation doctors will be reviewed.  The panel looks at evidence, including from the e-portfolio, assessments & SLEs, and supervisors' reports, in order to decide if the trainee has satisfactorily completed that level of training or to recommend what further training or support may be needed.  Local foundation administrators will have further information about ARCP arrangements in each area.

If there are any concerns about a trainee's progress, then they will be invited to attend a central ARCP panel at HEE Head Office in Hull. This purpose of the central ARCP panel is to discuss their future progression and the options that are open to them. Panels are organised by HEE YH and will consist of at least three panel members made up from the following: Foundation School director, Deputy Foundation School director, Foundation Training Programme Directors, a lay member etc. 

All doctors are required to take part in the revalidation process.  Information about revalidation is available on the Revalidation section of the main HEE YH site.

If trainees have had a prolonged period of sickness or absence for another reason, the ARCP panel may decide that they need to extend their training. Further information regarding absence during your Foundation Programme can be found on the GMC website.

The minimum requirements for satisfactory completion of FY1 and FY2 can be found in the Foundation Operational Guide here on the UKFPO website:

There is also a further information here,, and on Horus.

We have also included YHFS “best practice” checklists below. These are not mandatory, but are suggested topics of good practice that foundation trainees should consider.


Listed below are the potential Foundation ARCP Outcomes:

Outcome 1 - Satisfactory progress – achieving progress and the development of competences at the expected rate (expected outcome at end of F1)

Outcome 3 - Inadequate progress – additional training time required

Outcome 4 - Released from the training programme with or without specified competencies

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

Outcome 6 - Gained all required competencies – will be recommended as having completed the Foundation training programme (expected outcome at end of F2)

Outcome 8 - Out of Programme (OOP) e.g. for experience or a career break

NB: Outcome 2 is not available for FP training as per the national process outlined in the UKFPO Reference Guide


2021 Central ARCP Dates

Please note, all central ARCP's will take place online via Microsoft Teams. Trainees will be reviewed centrally and feedback sessions will be arranged. 

Monday 28th June 2021

Tuesday 29th June 2021

Wednesday 30th June 2021

Thursday 1st July 2021

Friday 2nd July 2021

2022 Central ARCP Dates

Please note, all central ARCP's will take place online via Microsoft Teams. Trainees will be reviewed centrally and feedback sessions will be arranged.

Monday 27th June 2022

Tuesday 28th June 2022

Wednesday 29th June 2022

Thursday 30th June 2022

Friday 1st July 2022