Appraisal & Assessment (ARCP)

Trainees should also refer to the HEE YH Appraisals & Assessments page, as well as this school page, for information and guidance about ARCPs. 

All trainees enrolled in a surgical programme, including trainees who are out of programme, are expected to undergo an Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP) at the end of the training year. For full details of the process, please see the Gold Guide.

Trainees should refer to their objectives, curriculum requirements and the College decision aids when preparing their portfolios for review by the ARCP panel. ARCP requirements vary by training programme and trainees are responsible for ensuring that they are aware of the requirements and make reasonable efforts to achieve them. If you are unsure about the requirements or you feel there are circumstances impeding you from meeting the requirements, you should contact either your Educational Supervisor or Training Programme Director.

All trainees due an ARCP must submit a fully completed Form R Part B [upload to Other Evidence > Miscellaneous, and email to surgery.yh@hee.nhs.uk].

Academic trainees must submit a fully completed Report on Academic Trainees Progress.

Trainees who are out of programme must submit a Out of Programme Form and Supervisors Report (where applicable).

The majority of ARCPs are held in June and July. ARCPs for some trainees will take place between December and February, depending on when they joined the programme or whether they are out of sync due to statutory leave or other reason. Trainees who are awarded an Outcome 2 or 3 normally have a further ARCP at 6 months to review their progress.

Provisional ARCP dates for 2021/2022 are listed below:

  • Core Surgical Training - Fri 10 Dec 2021, Wed 22 - Fri 24 June 2022
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery - tbc
  • General Surgery - tbc
  • Neurosurgery - tbc
  • OMFS - tbc
  • ENT - tbc
  • Paediatric Surgery - tbc
  • Plastic Surgery - tbc
  • T&O - tbc
  • Urology - tbc
  • Vascular Surgery - tbc

Useful links

Core Surgical Training

The ARCP is a formal process. If you are invited to attend a feedback meeting, you should treat it as the professional occasion (dress, demeanour etc.)

Ensure your ISCP portfolio is completed AT LEAST two weeks before the ARCP date. After this time you may continue to update your portfolio but any changes that you make will not count towards your ARCP.  This allows the panel to review your portfolio in advance of the ARCP.

  • Complete record of training progress / placements
  • Initial, middle and final AES meetings for BOTH placements
  • Clinical supervisor comments for BOTH placements
  • AES report for BOTH placements (clinical supervisor’s report is necessary before this can be done)
  • AES must activate your progress against topics in your learning agreement. If this is done properly you will see a series of green ticks / orange circles against each topic in the learning agreement. We expect about 75% of topics in the curriculum to have a green tick by CT2 end (with evidence to support this). A series of empty grey boxes next to the topics means this has not been done – you need to engage with your AES to activate as this can ONLY be done on their log-in.

You can download the Global Objectives and self-scoring checklist at the bottom of this page.

Documents:
PDF icon Global Objectives 2020 (Core Surgery)

PDF icon Revised Global Objectives Nov 2020 (Core Surgery)

PDF icon Self-Scoring Checklist 2020 (Core Surgery)

PDF icon Global Objectives 2021 (Core Surgery)

PDF icon Self-Scoring Checklist 2021 (Core Surgery)

Cardiothoracic Surgery

This section is under development. If you have any questions about the ARCP requirements for Cardiothoracic Surgery, please contact your Educational Supervisor or Training Programme Director.

General Surgery

As a minimum the following should be included on your ISCP portfolio:

Workbase placed assessments:  At least 40 in total, at least 10 CBDs, at least 20 PBA and at least 10 more (these may include CEX). 1 MSF per year.

Evidence of all audits (minimum of 1 per year), presentations, publications, courses, conferences etc.

Supervisor reports: An initial, interim and final report signed off by your AES for each placement.  A clinical supervisor report/note is required for your AES to complete your final signoff.

Placement survey: Linked to ISCP

Logbook: Complete and up to date!

Up to date CV

Remember: ISCP portfolio should be up to date four weeks prior to this date.

Neurosurgery

This section is under development. If you have any questions about the ARCP requirements for Neurosurgery, please contact your Educational Supervisor or Training Programme Director.

Oral and Maxillo-Facial Surgery

This section is under development. If you have any questions about the ARCP requirements for OMFS, please contact your Educational Supervisor or Training Programme Director.

Otolaryngology

This section is under development. If you have any questions about the ARCP requirements for ENT, please contact your Educational Supervisor or Training Programme Director.

Paediatric Surgery

This section is under development. If you have any questions about the ARCP requirements for Paediatric Surgery, please contact your Educational Supervisor or Training Programme Director.

Plastic Surgery

This section is under development. If you have any questions about the ARCP requirements for Plastic Surgery, please contact your Educational Supervisor or Training Programme Director.

Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery

This section is under development. If you have any questions about the ARCP requirements for T&O, please contact your Educational Supervisor or Training Programme Director.

Urology

This section is under development. If you have any questions about the ARCP requirements for Urology, please contact your Educational Supervisor or Training Programme Director.

Vascular Surgery

This section is under development. If you have any questions about the ARCP requirements for Vascular Surgery, please contact your Educational Supervisor or Training Programme Director.

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