Annual Review of Competency Progression



This is the formal review of the progress that all trainees are required to have. Panels are convened by the GP School to review the evidence submitted by you in your e-portfolio and make a recommendation to the RCGP certification unit about satisfactory completion of training.

All trainees are required to have an ARCP for every year in training, whether working full or less than full time.

Prior to the ARCP (within 2 months), you are required to have an educational supervisor's review to review progress and to plan subsequent training. You will be reminded 6 weeks before your ARCP is due by e-mail from the GP School admin team.

ARCP panels review all aspects of your e-portfolio and give an outcome based on a judgment about your progress. Panel outcomes will appear on the e-portfolio and you are required to accept the ARCP form. Panels are constituted with a minimum of 3 members who may include GP educators, RCGP representatives, lay members, and representatives of employers. If your progress is satisfactory the panel may wish to give formative feedback, this will appear in the educators’ notes section of the e-portfolio.

It is the Trainee’s responsibility to provide the required evidence in a timely manner for both the ESR and ARCP panel. If you have not provided sufficient you, you may receive an Outcome stating the action(s) and timescale to correct the deficiency.

If your evidence suggests unsatisfactory progress you will be awarded an Outcome stating the action(s) and timescale to correct the deficiency.

You will also be contacted by e-mail by a member of the GP School admin team. Please ensure that you take the necessary action within the time required or contact the GP School as soon as possible if there any problems.

If your progress is deemed to be not satisfactory by either your educational supervisor or the panel, you may be asked to attend in person to be given verbal feedback of the panel’s decision and the action required.

If you wish to request a review of a panel decision the initially you should e-mail or write to the Head of School giving your reasons. This will be treated as an informal appeal by the Head of School who may request the panel who made the original decision to review that decision and /or arrange an informal meeting with you to discuss the decision.

If you are not satisfied with the review or you have received an outcome 3 or 4 (removal from programme) you will be notified of the formal appeals process.


Documents with the preparation requirements prior to panels are available to download here.


Form R

Please ensure an ENHANCED FORM R is fully completed for every ARCP panel and attached to your e-Portfolio as per GP School instructions. 


RCGP Safeguarding Requirements


You may be aware that the RCGP safeguarding requirements have changed recently. Please read the RCGP FAQ and Safeguarding Update, links below.

Panels will be looking for this evidence from June 2020.

The RCGP safeguarding page is here -

If you have any questions please discuss them with your TPD.


If you have a query to submit relating to ARCPs please email .