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North West School of Surgery - Core Surgical Training Assessments - West Sector (Mersey)

North West Core Surgical Training

Cheshire and Merseyside Assessments (ARCPs and IPRs)

Information on this page relates to the ARCPs for the West Sector of HEE North West (Cheshire and Merseyside).

For information on the East Sector (Greater Manchester, Lancashire and South Cumbria), please click here.

Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP)

An ARCP (Annual Review of Competence Progression) will take place for all doctors in postgraduate training (including LTFT doctors) at least once per calendar year. For most doctors this will take place in June/July, however some doctors may have their ARCP in December/January. Ad-hoc ARCPs may take place at other times of the year as required. The ARCP outcome will be decided at an ARCP Assessment Panel at which the doctor postgraduate in training will not be present, therefore all evidence must be on their ISCP portfolio seven working days before the ARCP Assessment Panel date. Doctors in postgraduate training will not normally attend the ARCP Assessment Panel, however the TPD may ask you to attend for an Educational Meeting which will take place after the Panel have decided the ARCP outcome. Doctors issued a developmental outcome (Outcome 2, 3, 4 or 5) must attend the ARCP Feedback Panel to discuss the outcome and objectives for the next period of training.

Please click here to view the Global Objectives and ARCP Requirements for North West Core Surgery

For a full guide of the standard HEE North West process for ARCPs please visit our policies and procedures page:

Interim Progress Review (IPR)

Once a year, all doctors in postgraduate surgical training will also be invited to an IPR (Interim Progress Review) which will take place half way between ARCPs, or six months before the first ARCP for new doctors in postgraduate surgical training. IPRs usually take place in December/January each year, however some doctors may have their IPR in June/July if their ARCPs take place in December/January. The IPR is a formal face-to-face meeting to review your ISCP portfolio to assess your progress towards a satisfactory outcome at your next ARCP. The ISCP portfolio must be up to date and it is usually expected that doctors should have achieved approximately half of the annual requirements for the year (20/10 WPBAs) or evidence towards achieving the requirements (such as involvement in an audit) by the time of the IPR. The IPR is also a chance for doctors to discuss and feedback about their training experience.

Dates of Next Assessments

Interim Progress Reviews and ARCP Assessment Panel

Deadline for submission of ARCP documentation is 11.00pm on Friday 7 January 2022

19, 20 and 21 January 2022

VENUE: HEE's Liverpool Office or Online via Microsoft Teams

ARCP Feedback Panel

February 2022 - Date TBC

VENUE: HEE's Liverpool Office or Online via Microsoft Teams

ARCP Assessment Panel and Interim Progress Reviews


VENUE: HEE's Liverpool Office or Online via Microsoft Teams

ARCP Feedback Panel


VENUE: HEE's Liverpool Office or Online via Microsoft Teams

Ad-hoc ARCPs and Interim Reviews for individual doctors may take place on other dates, affected doctors will be notified by email.

Please note that the above dates are subject to change; if there are any amendments these will be reflected on the website as soon as possible.

Form R

The GMC requires that an up to date Form R Part B must be submitted within the month prior to all ARCPs (a Form R is not required for an Interim Progress Review). We also ask that a Form R Part A is submitted once per year, usually at the time of the ARCP. Please visit the Form R page of our website for the most up to date versions.

JCST Certification Guidelines

*Updated 12 August 2021*

Please select the correct certification guidelines depending on the curriculum you are following:

external link icon Pre-August 2021 curriculum ("old" curriculum)

external link icon Post-August 2021 curriculum ("new" curriculum)

HEE North West Visitor Information

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Page Last Updated 12 August 2021

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