Core Surgical Training (West 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 west sector (Cheshire & Merseyside) of Health Education England, North West.
From 1 September 2018 we have changed the way we refer to the two panels that form an ARCP (formerly known as the 'Panel A' and the 'Panel B').
Assessment Panel - formerly known as the Panel A. This is the panel which will assess a trainee’s ISCP e-portfolio. All evidence must be available on their e-portfolio for the Assessment Panel. The ARCP outcome will be decided at this panel based on the evidence on the e-portfolio only.
Feedback Panel – formerly known as the Panel B. This takes place after the Assessment Panel have made their decision to feedback and, if necessary, set objectives for the next period of training. Evidence uploaded to the e-portfolio between the Assessment Panel and the Feedback Panel cannot be considered.
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
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.
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.
|Competency||Form to use||Number Required||Level of
|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:
Common Content, Core Specialty and ST3 Preparation Modules
In order to get an ARCP outcome 6 at completion of core surgical 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 (West Sector) are as follows:
15, 16 & 17
VENUE: HEE's Liverpool Office
VENUE: HEE's Liverpool Office
Ad-hoc ARCPs and Interims 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.
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:
JCST Certification Guidelines
Please see the following link for the most up to date JCST Certification guidelines:
*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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