The ARCP Process
Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP) is the process that all junior doctors within a training programme undertake at least annually to review whether they are making satisfactory progress towards the curriculum requirements in their specialty. The ARCP process is governed and detailed in the Gold Guide: https://www.copmed.org.uk/gold-guide-8th-edition/
All ARCPs in Occupational Medicine in England, except for military trainees, are organised and performed by the National School of Occupational Health (NSOH). Since 2019, all ARCPs have taken place virtually following the introduction of the e-portfolio system. The majority of ARCPs are undertaken in absentia i.e. the trainee is not present when the panel review their evidence. However, trainees are offered a choice to attend the ARCP remotely should they wish. Occasionally the Panel may invite a trainee to attend.
ARCPs are organised throughout the year with the main panels taking place in the summer and the winter.
The NSOH maintains a checklist of evidence required for each ARCP, the current version (last updated June 2021) is available below. The statement on the effect of COVID-19 on ARCPs is also available below.
All ARCP evidence should be completed on the e-portfolio at least 2 weeks prior to the ARCP date. In 2021, electronic versions of the Form R, MSF, and the educational supervisor report were introduced on the e-portfolio. It is expected that these will be used by all trainees rather than the PDF versions.
ARCPs should take place at least every 12 months for all trainees, regardless of whether they work full time or less than full time. The exception is for those on maternity leave or sick leave. If you work less than full time, you should submit pro rata WPBAs for the percentage you work (see the ARCP checklist for further information).
At your ARCP, the panel of experienced educators will review the evidence you have submitted on the e-portfolio and provide feedback via the ARCP form on e-portfolio regarding your progress.
If you have any questions about the ARCP process or believe you are due an ARCP, please contact the NSOH: firstname.lastname@example.org