North West School of Surgery - Core Surgical Training Assessments - East Sector (North Western)

North West Core Surgical Training
Greater Manchester, Lancashire and South Cumbria Sector



Core Surgical Training (East Sector) Assessments (ARCPs and IPRs)



Guidance on this page applies to core surgical training and those trainees in ST1 or ST2 of run-through surgical training programmes (except neurosurgery) in the east sector (Greater Manchester, Lancashire and South Cumbria) of Health Education England, North West.



Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP)



An ARCP (Annual Review of Competence Progression) will take place for all trainees (including LTFT trainees) at least once per calendar year. For most trainees this will take place in June/July, however some trainees may have their ARCP in December/January. Ad-hoc ARCPs may take place at other times of the year as required. The ARCP outcome will be decided at an ARCP Assessment Panel at which the trainee will not be present, therefore all evidence must be on their ISCP portfolio before the ARCP Assessment Panel date. The TPD (Training Programme Director) may ask that evidence is ready 2 weeks in advance of the ARCP Assessment Panel. Trainees will not normally attend the ARCP Assessment Panel, however the TPD may ask you to attend for an Educational Meeting which will take place after the Panel have decided the ARCP outcome. Trainees issued an unsatisfactory outcome (Outcome 2, 3, 4 or 5) must attend the ARCP Feedback Panel to discuss the outcome and objectives for the next period of training.


Please click here to view the Global Objectiives and ARCP Requirements for North West Core Surgery Trainees  *NEW* - added 5 August 2019



For a full guide of the standard HEE North West process for ARCPs please visit our policies and procedures page:



Interim Progress Review (IPR)



Once a year, all trainees will also be invited to an IPR (Interim Progress Review) which will take place half way between ARCPs, or six months before the first ARCP for new trainees. IPRs usually take place in December/January each year, however some trainees may have their IPR in June/July if their ARCPs take place in December/January. The IPR is a formal face-to-face meeting to review your ISCP portfolio to assess your progress towards a satisfactory outcome at your next ARCP. The ISCP portfolio must be up to date and it is usually expected that trainees should have achieved approximately half of the annual requirements for the year (20 WPBAs) or evidence towards achieving the requirements (such as involvement in an audit) by the time of the IPR. The IPR is also a chance for trainees to discuss and feedback about their training experience.



Mandatory WPBA Requirements



The following WPBAs are required to be evidenced on ISCP before the final ARCP in CT2/ST2 by all trainees. These can be completed as part of the annual WPBA requirements for ARCP (40 WPBAs per year, of which 13 must be CBDs, 13 must be CEXs and 13 must be DOPS/PBAs).


For each ARCP and Interim Review, please complete a Mandatory WPBA checklist and upload this under the ‘miscellaneous’ heading of the “Other Evidence” section of your ISCP portfolio.

pdf icon Mandatory WPBA checklist for Core Surgical Trainees


Competency Form to use Number Required Level of
Performance Required
Take a tailored history and perform a relevant examination in an outpatient clinic CEX (Clinic; history & exam) 3 2
Take a tailored history and perform a relevant examination for an acutely unwell patient CEX (A&E/ward; history & exam) 3 2
Effective hand washing, gloving and gowning DOPS (Surgeon preparation) 3 4
Accurate, effective and safe administration of local anaesthetic DOPS (Administration of local anaesthetic) 3 3
Preparation and maintenance of an aseptic field DOPS (Preparation of aseptic field) 3 3
Incision of skin and subcutaneous tissue DOPS (Incision) 3 3
Closure of skin and subcutaneous tissue DOPS (Closure) 3 3
Completion of WHO check list (time out and sign out) DOPS (WHO checklist completion) 3 3


Please also see appendix 1:

pdf icon WPBA's required by CT2 ARCP - Appendix 1: Mandatory DOPS for CST




Common Content, Core Specialty and ST3 Preparation Modules



In order to get an ARCP outcome 6 at completion of core surgicla training, all trainees will be required to provide evidence of: competence in the full scope of the ‘common content’ module, competence in at least one of the ‘core specialty’ modules and successful completion of one ‘ST3 preparation’ module.



Dates of Next Assessments



The dates of the next assessments for Core Surgical Training (East Sector) are as follows:


8 & 9



ARCP Assessment Panel & Interim Progress Reviews

VENUE: HEE's Manchester Office





ARCP Feedback Panel 

VENUE: HEE's Manchester Office





Interim Progress Reviews & ARCP Assessment Panel 

VENUE: HEE's Manchester Office





ARCP Feedback Panel 

VENUE: HEE's Manchester Office


Ad-hoc ARCPs and Interim Reviews for individual trainees may take place on other dates, affected trainees will be notified by email.


Please note that the above dates are subject to change; if there are any amendments these will be reflected on the website as soon as possible.



Form R



The GMC requires that an up to date Form R Part B must be submitted within the month prior to all ARCPs (a Form R is not required for an Interim Progress Review). We also ask that a Form R Part A is submitted once per year, usually at the time of the ARCP. The links to the Form Rs are below:

word icon Form R Part A

word icon Form R Part B



JCST Certification Guidelines



Please see the following link for the most up to date JCST Certification guidelines:

external link icon


*NEW* - added 15 April 2019

The "Guidelines for ARCP at the end of Core Surgical Training" for those trainees on the 2017 Core Surgical Curriculum are now available on the JCST website on the above Certification Guideline link. All trainees appointed after 1 August 2017 or who were appointed before 1 August 2017 but have not been issued with an Outcome 6 confirming completion of Core Surgical Training by the end of January 2019 are following the 2017 Core Surgical Curriculum.



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Page Last Updated 10 october 2019

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