Trainee Annual Reviews (ARCP)

The ARCP (Annual Review of Competence Progression) is a formal review of how well a trainee is progressing in relation to their learning agreement for their training programme. It also assesses their ability to progress to the next level.

About the ARCP

The ARCP is underpinned by appraisal, assessment and annual planning. The process includes the following grades:

  • Specialty Registrar (ST)
  • Specialty Registrar (ST) - Academic

This can also be confirmed by the suffix 'C' or 'A' at the end of your National Training Number (NTN).

The ARCP records your competencies attained and your progression through the training programme. If you are a flexible trainee, you will undertake yearly ARCPs, but your learning agreements will reflect your less than full time status.

The ARCP panel reviews the evidence you submit for the period since starting training or the previous ARCP review. The panel makes its recommendation without you being there. Depending on local LETB / Deanery processes, trainees may be invited to receive feedback and to discuss their outcome and future plans with the panel.

The ARCP replaced the RITA (Record of In-Training Assessment) which is still undertaken by Calman Trainees (SpR).


Who does my ARCP?

A panel of assessors undertake the ARCP. They may include the Training Programme Director, other members of the relevant Specialty Training Committee, a College representative, a LETB / Deanery representative, an academic representative, an “external” representative or a lay representative.

What happens at the ARCP?

The ARCP panel reviews your progress based on the evidence you submit.  

The panel will let you know exactly what you need to submit. Depending on the local process, you may be required to submit evidence electronically or provide hard copies. This will include:

  • structured reports from your Educational Supervisor
  • RCPCH ePortfolio (curriculum entries, development logs, skills logs, PDPs and workplace based assessment forms)
  • updated registration form (Form R).

The outcome

The ARCP panel will provide your outcome.

The outcome will determine the rate at which you progress through the training programme. If trainees consistently under perform or fail to supply sufficient evidence to ARCP they may be asked to relinquish their National Training Number.

The ARCP also provides a mechanism for determining your CCT date. For more information on the 8 possible outcomes please see appendix 3 of the Gold Guide.