North West School of Surgery - General Surgery Assessments - East Sector (North Western)





General Surgery (East Sector) Assessments (ARCPs and IPRs)


Guidance on this page applies to General Surgery in the East Sector (Greater Manchester, Lancashire & South Cumbria) of Health Education England, North West.



Change in terminology
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.


pdf icon Please click here to download the School of Surgery ARCP Requirements



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.


Dates of Next Assessments


The dates of the next assessments for General Surgery (East Sector) are as follows:


27, 28 & 29



Interim Progress Reviews & ARCP Assessment Panel 

VENUE: HEE's Manchester Office





ARCP Feedback Panel 

VENUE: HEE's Manchester Office



June / July


ARCP Assessment Panel & Interim Progress Reviews

VENUE: HEE's Manchester Office



June / July


ARCP Feedback Panel 

VENUE: HEE's Manchester 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.


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 guidelines-and-checklists/


HEE North West Visitor Information


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Page Last Updated 15 November 2019