Annual Review of Competency Progression
This is the formal review of 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 accreditation.
All trainees are required to have an ARCP for every year in training, whether working full or less than full time.
Panels are constituted with a minimum of 3 members who may include GP educators, RCGP representatives, lay members, hospital educators and representatives of employers.
Prior to the ARCP (within 2 months) you are required to have an educational supervisors 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 judgement about your progress. Panel outcomes will appear on the e-portfolio and you are required to accept the ARCP form.
If your progress is satisfactory the panel wish to give formative feedback this will appear in the educators’ notes section of the e-portfolio.
If you have submitted insufficient evidence the ARCP form will indicate this and will include the action 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 will 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 at the review or you have received an outcome 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.