Annual Reviews of Competence Progression (ARCPs)

Annual Reviews of Competence Progression

As part of the introduction of the changes described in Modernising Medical Careers in 2007, training has been more clearly competency based, rather than purely time dependent although minimum training times do still apply. There has been greater emphasis on assessment and demonstration of having achieved the required competencies within a doctor’s chosen specialty. These competencies are defined by the curricula drawn up by the Royal Colleges and Faculties, which will have been approved by the GMC as the regulator of training in the UK.  The process introduced to monitor trainee progress is the Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP).


An ARCP is either an electronic review of your on line e-portfolio or a review of your paper folder and the evidence it contains (as laid down in the Reference Guide for Postgraduate Specialty Training in the UK ‘The Gold Guide’). No other evidence is considered.

All trainees must complete a self-declaration Form R prior to every ARCP; this is a GMC requirement for trainee revalidation purposes.

An ARCP panel must consist of at least three panel members who can include Associate Deans, Programme Directors and Educational Supervisors/Trainers. The panel will also have input from a lay representative and external advisor.

Further information in regards to specialty ARCPs can be found on the relevant specialty pages on this web site.

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