Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP)

Doc 1 - ARCP Guide 2017 Final v2.pdf949.03 KB
Doc 2. STFS ARCP SUMMARY TIMELINE 2016-17.pdf208.65 KB
Doc 3 - STFS F1 ARCP Guidance 2017-18.pdf294.65 KB
Doc 4 - STFS F2 ARCP Guidance 2016-17.pdf285.15 KB
Doc 12 - Form R - trainee guidance for completion (May 2016).pdf87.73 KB
London and KSS ARCP Appeals process updated April 2018162.85 KB

Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP)

The UK FP Reference Guide sets out the Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP). The ARCP provides a formal process for reviewing foundation doctors’ progress which uses the evidence gathered by them and supplied by their supervisors and other supporting staff.

Guidance documents

UKFPO and  STFS ARCP guidance documents are available to download on the right-hand side of this page.

  • The UKFPO documents provide a detailed guide to the process for supervisors, administrators and panel members.
  • The STFS documents set out the step by step timeline and recommendations for completion of the required documentation for STFS foundation doctors.

ARCP and the ePortfolio

The ePortfolio holds the summary evidence that is reviewed by the ARCP panel. The STFS "Who, What, When" document is a 2-page summary of what action needs to be taken by whom in each section of the ePortfolio. This is available to download on the right-hand side of this page. The document is split into actions that set out ARCP requirements (see mandatory actions - page 1) and strongly recommended actions (page 2).

Form R - Trainee guidance for completion

  • Foundation doctors are required to complete a Form R in advance of every ARCP. Guidance regarding completion of the form is available to download on this page from the links on the right.

Unsatisfactory ARCP outcomes

STFS standard practice following an outcome 3 in the F1 year is to arrange a further full F1 year in order to consolidate competences, especially as regards ensuring patient safety consistently, maximise continuity of educational supervision and thereby enable our doctors to have the best chance of successful outcomes longer term.  This includes a full F2 year based in one trust, starting with other new F2 doctors in August.  Repeat F1 years are subject to satisfactory progress during the first 4-months of the repeat year.

Following an outcome 3 during the F2 year foundation doctors may be required to complete either a full year or part of a year depending on individual circumstances.

STFS ARCP Appeals process

  • The STFS Appeals policy is available to download on the right-hand side of this page.
  • The STFS ARCP Appeals panel dates will be held in London and the dates will be published here when know (usually mid-July).


Approved practice settings (APS)

These are organisations approved by the GMC as suitable for doctors new to full registration or returning to the medical register with a licence to practise after prolonged absence from UK practice. Approved practice settings provide public protection by requiring doctors new, or returning, to full registration in the UK to work in a system with appropriate supervision and appraisal arrangements or assessments.

From 3 December 2012, all UK and International Medical Graduate doctors granted full registration for the first time, and all doctors returning to full registration after a prolonged period out of UK practice, are restricted to practising only in an APS. We automatically remove this restriction from a doctor’s registration when they revalidate for the first time after joining, or returning to, the register.

All STFS F2 programmes are based in Approved Practice Settings (except those completing F2 abroad).

(Doctors who joined the register, or restored to the register before 3 December 2012 are only required to complete 12 months’ practice in an APS before the restriction is lifted. They can wait until their first revalidation for us to automatically remove reference to this restriction from their registration status, or ask us to remove it any time after 12 months’ practice in an APS).

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