Academic ARCP Information

This page is to ensure that Academic trainees are aware of the specific requirements and resources available for their Annual Review of Competency Progression (ARCP). Information and guidance on the ARCP process can be found on our Accreditation and Revalidation pages and should be used in conjunction with this page.

Specific Academic evidence and documents required for ARCP are in addition to the documents stated on the Accreditation and Revalidation pages

Trainees appointed to Academic Clinical Fellowship (ACFs) or Clinical Lectureship (CLs) must have a joint academic/clinical annual review of competence progression (ARCP). The forms developed to monitor and document academic progress include:

Personal Development Plan (word)
This form is designed to assist both the trainee and academic educational supervisor in formulating objectives on which progress will be judged annually. 

Report on Academic Progress (word)
This form is designed for the academic supervisor to complete at or after the Academic Review meeting, to be reviewed at the ARCP by the Panel.

Academic trainees should meet with their academic supervisor at regular intervals to review progress and agree objectives for the coming period. An annual assessment of academic progress should take place at least one month before the joint academic/clinical ARCP. The academic supervisor must then complete the Report on Academic Progress which needs to be agreed by the trainee for submission to the joint academic/clinical ARCP, along with the trainee’s supporting documentation from the academic assessment. This may include:-

  • A written assessment of the trainee’s own progress and achievements with reference to their PDP
  • A description as to whether the trainee’s progress met their expectations
  • Details of anything that may have adversely affected the trainee’s progress

ARCP Outcomes

The panel will consider the academic and clinical progress and make a decision as to the appropriate outcome (Outcome 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5).  Although the panel is assessing both clinical and academic outcomes, if sufficient academic progress has not been achieved the trainee should not be given an outcome 2 or 3.  However, consideration may be given as to whether the trainee remains on the academic programme or whether they should return to the clinical training programme.