Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP)

The Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP) process was introduced to align with specialty recruitment.

This process provides a formal and structured review of evidence to monitor a doctor's progression throughout each stage of medical training, helping to identify and structure a doctor's learning needs, and highlight areas of excellence as well as areas for development. The ARCP process will strengthen the already well established and successful year-end sign-off processes, which help to improve patient safety and quality of care in the long-term.

Guide to the ARCP process 

The ARCP guidance, available below, supports the implementation and delivery of ARCP. It offers an overview of the foundation ARCP process and includes case studies from colleagues with ARCP experience. Whilst written for educational faculties, foundation doctors may also find this useful.

Sharing ARCP best practice

Health Education England working across the North East (formerly the Northern Deanery) has used the ARCP process for foundation doctors for the past five years. They have learned a lot of lessons and modified the process based on their year on year experience. For information about their policy and how they operate an ARCP process, please feel free to visit their ARCP resources and tools via their website.

South Thames Foundation School have designed an online e-learning module which is freely available to all. Available on the e-training for trainers’ website it is a generic, open-access platform which uses self-assessment and videos to deliver training to trainers. The module on the Foundation Annual Review of Competence Progression is aimed at foundation ARCP panel members, but which may also be of interest to other foundation faculty and foundation doctors.