Lay Representatives.

Health Education England working across Yorkshire and the Humber employ Lay Representatives to ensure the processes of recruitment and training for trainees are:

  • transparent and robust
  • independent
  • support good medical practice
  • has accountability in decision making
  • promotes equality, fairness and values diversity

The Lay Representative attends in the interest of both the patient and public as well as the trainee.

Attendance of Lay Representatives at HEE YH events are arrranged by the relevant programme support team.  If you have any queries please contact Michele Hannon who is based in the Hull Office and her full contact details are:

Michele Hannon
Quality Administrator
Health Education England working across 
Yorkshire and the Humber 
Health House 
Grange Park Lane

HU10 6DT

Telephone:  01482 421178



The ARCP is an annual process whereby a panel of HEE YH Educationalists meet with trainees to consider whether a trainee is suitable to continue to the next stage of their training. 

The ARCP is a formal process within the curriculum in which a trainee’s progress in the training programme is assessed and measured.  This is carried out using a range of defined and validated assessment tools, along with professional and triangulated judgements about the trainee’s rate of progress.  An Outcome is given following evaluation of the written evidence of progress and is essential if the trainee is to progress and to confirm that the required competences are being achieved.

RITA (Record of In-Training Assessment)

The RITA is an annual process whereby a panel of HEE YH Educationalists meet with trainees to consider whether a trainee is suitable to continue to the next stage of their training. 

The purpose of the RITA is to judge progress against defined criteria based on the relevant curriculum.  Trainees are required to meet an agreed standard in order to proceed through their training programme.  The aim of the RITA is to provide both the trainee and the trainer with a picture at regular intervals of a trainee's progress.  It also provides feedback to a trainee and enables support to be directed to those areas of training most needed by individuals to ensure they move through the grade as quickly and smoothly as possible.  Assessment also ensures that public interest in the quality of training is recognised. 

The BMA link below provides further information on the ARCP process:


The HEE YH ARCP Guidance Document is available to assist Lay Reps when attending ARCPs panels.

ARCP Guidance

Gold Guide -

Orange Guide

Curricula information is found on the Royal College websites.  It may be useful to look for "decision aids" on the website which will help when attending ARCPs.  Some helpful links have been added below:

Royal College Websites













Recruitment to both Foundation and Specialty (including General Practice) Programmes now takes place annually.

While recruitment is implemented at a local deanery level it runs to a national timetable to allow synchronisation. Specialty (and GP) recruitment runs from early January each year with Foundation in October.  

Recruitment Guidance.

The following are useful links to information on recruitment:

Yorkshire and the Humber Recruitment

Medical Specialty Training (England)

The Foundation Programme

Recruitment Guidelines


The Meeting Guidance Document is available to assist Lay Reps when attending Meetings.


Quality Interventions

As part of the HEE Quality Framework Quality Interventions take place using a risk based approach.

Quality Intervention Guidance


Health Education England - Yorkshire and the Humber Website for QM information; please see the Quality Management page.


Trainees in receipt of a non-standard ARCP outcome (2, 3 or 4), may appeal the ARCP Panel’s decision, and will do so in writing within 10 working days of being notified about the outcome.

There are normally two stages to the appeal process:

  1. ARCP Review – conducted by the original ARCP Panel, who will review the Trainee’s appeal and decide whether the ARCP outcome issued remains relevant, or is substituted by another ARCP outcome.
  2. Appeal Hearing – conducted by a new Panel, who will review evidence from the Trainee and School, and consider whether the ARCP outcome is upheld or overturned.

There are variations in the Appeal Process according to the Trainee’s Specialty, which are detailed in the ARCP Review and Appeals Guidance in HEE YH

Links and Resources

There are many sources of information on the web that Lay Reps may find useful.  A number of sites are listed below for your convenience.  

  • Our Offices page of this website (for Location, Contacts and Medical Education Centres)
  • See Recruitment pages of this website
  • See the Links section on the PGMDE page of this website
  • See the Links section on the PGMDE page of this website
  • See the Policies page of this website
  • See the Trainee Support section on the PGMDE page of this website

Training Documents:

Expenses Form, Booking Request Form and Questionnaires:

Expenses Form (see below)

Feedback Questionnaire (see below)

Panel Chair Questionnaire (see below)

Bing Maps                            

General Information

Frequently Used Abbreviations (see below)

DVH - 4th Floor Meeting Room Layout (see below)

Equality and Diversity Training Link:

Equality and Diversity

Data Security Awareness