Each trainee will have an end of year ARCP assessment which will take place in June or July. This year the ARCPs are on the 16th and 20th June 2016. The assessment will involve going through the paperwork and ensuring that the trainee is of a satisfactory standard to progress to the next year. The paperwork will be assessed without the trainee being present. There will be a face to face meeting with a training panel including representatives from each of the ACCS specialties as well as either the Head of School or the Training Programme Director. The purpose of this meeting will be to clarify any issues relating to the ARCP outcome and to plan future training as well as to give the trainee the opportunity to feed back on the training they have received. The dates for these meetings will be released well in advance to allow trainees to make the necessary arrangements to attend.

The outcome from the ARCP will be very reliant on the educational supervisors Structured Training Report (STR) which should be completed with the trainee at the end of each training block. The educational supervisor and the trainee will together ensure that all the required Workplace Based Assessments have been completed. The ARCP panel fully understand that in a few rare situations it will be impossible to have all the necessary WBA’s and competencies completed by the ARCP date. In all situations to gain an outcome 1 (trainee has completed all modules successfully and can proceed to next year of training) all the required WBA’s and competencies must be completed by the end of the year. In the past the vast majority of trainees have gained an outcome 1 by the time they attend their face to face meeting with the training panel.

The ARCP process has now changed in line with revalidation.

All trainees will be following the ACCS curriculum of 2010.  The full curriculum and the minimum WBA’s required for a satisfactory ARCP outcome are outlined in the documents below.  We have also included the ARCP Workbook which is based on these documents.

ARCP Workbook August 2017

Training progression grid - core anaesthetic training ACCS competencies

For Non-Anaesthetist ACCS trainees, there is a paper Competency Booklet available for completing when doing your Anaesthesia module.

ACCS Competency book for Non-Anaesthetists Aug 2014 (yellow)

For ACCS Acute Medicine trainees in their third year of training, the JRCPTB has published guidance confirming what competences are in the CMT curriculum that are not in ACCS CT1-2, and which you will therefore need to provide evidence for by the end of your third year in training.

JRCPTB Guidance for ACCS-AM CT3 Year

E-Portfolios

To clarify the situation on this subject. All trainees should use the portfolio of their parent specialty.

ACCS Anaesthetist Trainees

Should use the eportfolio from the RCOA for their anaesthetic and ICM training. When they are doing Acute and Emergency medicine they should use paper based WBAs. At the end of the module they complete a paper based STR (Blank STR’s for each of the specialties can be found in the ARCP Workbook above). The completed STRs for Acute and Emergency Medicine can be uploaded to their anaesthetic eportfolio. In the event that an assessor may not yet have an appropriate login for the RCOA eportfolio a paper based WBA form can be completed (found in May 2010 Curriculum document p 231-40), these can be taken into account by your Educational supervisor when you are completing your STR.

ACCS Emergency Medicine Trainees

Should use the eportfolio from the CEM. All the relevant WBAs from the other ACCS specialties - AM, Anaesthesia and ICM are contained within the eportfolio and should be used. For your ARCP please print off only your Educational Supervisor's reports from any completed ACCS blocks as well as any Competencies achieved.

Multi-source feedback forms for ACCS (Anaesthetists) when doing Emergency Medicine

ACCS Acute Medicine Trainees

Should use the eportfolio from the JRCPTB website. When they are in an Emergency Medicine, Anaesthesia or ICM modules they should complete paper based WBAs appropriate to that specialty (all can be found in the May 2010 ACCS curriculum) and when they have completed the module prepare a structured training report for that specialty. This can then be uploaded into their eportfolio. 

Further advice

Non emergency medicine ACCS trainees should  keep a record of their achievements (Common Competencies, practical procedures, Major presentations and Acute presentations) and other parts of the ACCS Curriculum by utilising the ARCP workbook where all these domains are listed. It is anticipated that all relevant domains will need to be signed off by the end of the second year of ACCS to allow progression into the third year of the ACCS programme. Descriptors for the common competencies required (13 at level 2 by the end of the second year of ACCS and all by completion of the third year) are outlined in the summary document -

Common competencies summary document

For non anaesthetists doing an anaesthetic module we have now prepared a competency booklet to clarify the knowledge and skills you are expected to achieve. Anaesthetists should just start with the Core Training Competency booklet.

ACCS Competency book for Non-Anaesthetists Aug 2013 starters

If trainees or trainers need further advice or clarification on the ARCP process please can they contact me directly - Dr Vicky Stacey

Correspendence from the School regarding your ARCP will be sent by email in the Spring  (please ensure Lucy Curtis has your most up-to-date email address as notification will only be sent once).  If you have any questions please email Lucy Curtis, Education Programme Manager.