North West School of Surgery - General Surgery Assessments - West Sector (Mersey)

North West General Surgery
Cheshire and Merseyside Sector



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



Guidance on this page applies to General Surgery in the West Sector (Cheshire and Merseyside) 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 Panel A at which the trainee will not be present, therefore all evidence must be on their ISCP portfolio before the ARCP Panel A date. The TPD (Training Programme Director) may ask that evidence is ready 2 weeks in advance of the ARCP Panel A. Trainees will not normally attend the ARCP Panel A, 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 Panel B to discuss the outcome and objectives for the next period of training.


pdf icon Please click here to download the General Surgery (West Sector) 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 (West Sector) are as follows:


30 | 1   

Nov  | Dec


Interim Progress Reviews & ARCP Assessment Panel 






ARCP Feedback Panel 




   June /July


ARCP Assessment Panel & Interim Progress Reviews 






ARCP Feedback Panel 



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 guidelines-and-checklists/



HEE North West Visitor Information



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Page Last Updated 11 August 2020

General Surgery