North West School of Surgery - Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery Assessments - East Sector (North Western)

North West Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery

Greater Manchester, Lancashire and South Cumbria Assessments (ARCPs and IPRs)

Information on this page relates to the ARCPs for the West Sector of HEE North West (Greater Manchester, Lancashire and South Cumbria).

For information on the West Sector (Cheshire and Merseyside), please click here.

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 download the Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery (East Sector) ARCP Requirements (for CCT dates before 5 August 2020)

 Please click here to download the Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery (East Sector) ARCP Requirements (for CCT dates 5 August 2020 or later)

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

Interim Progress Reviews and ARCP Assessment Panel

2 and 3 December 2020

VENUE: Online via Microsoft Teams

ARCP Feedback Panel

10 December 2020

VENUE: Online via Microsoft Teams

ARCP Assessment Panel and Interim Progress Reviews

23 and 24 June 2021

VENUE: Online via Microsoft Teams

ARCP Feedback Panel

8 July 2021

VENUE: Online via Microsoft Teams

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:

Form R Part A

Form R Part B

JCST Certification Guidelines

Please see the following link for the most up to date JCST Certification guidelines: guidelines-and-checklists/

HEE North West Visitor Information

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Page Last Updated 10 August 2020

Trauma and Orthopaedics