ARCP Information


Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP)


The ARCP is an annual review which ensures that you are meeting the standards and competences set in the Curriculum for CCT in Anaesthetics.  It is a formal process to determine whether you can progress to the next stage of your training, and your preparation and presentation should be in accordance with this.  An ARCP is not an assessment in itself, rather a review of all the assessments that took place in the year.  

The estimated CCT/CESR will be checked and recalculated if necessary.


It is mandatory for all Specialty Registrars, to undertake at least one ARCP per year.  Less than Full Time trainees will be reviewed at the same frequency as full-time trainees.

Trainees who are out of programme also need to be reviewed annually in order to ensure they maintain contact with the School, and to verify their training status on an annual basis.

The ARCP Process includes the review of documentation that pertains to your GMC licence to practice.  All documentation related to your training and ARCP should be completed through the Royal College of Anaesthetists Lifelong Learning Platform (LLP). Any other evidence related to your training, e.g. course certificates, CV etc,  must be uploaded and linked to LLP for the panel to review.

The ARCP Checklist, provides you with a clear list of what is required for your ARCP.


The ARCP Panel will review the documented and submitted evidence on the Lifelong Learning Platform to check that everything is complete for the level of training being reviewed.  This will be done in-absentia, and based on the evidence seen, the panel will issue an outcome.  The trainee will be invited for a feedback session and the panel will discuss the outcome given.

ARCP Outcomes

Satisfactory Progress


Outcome 1   - Achieving progress and competencies at the expected rate


Unsatisfactory Progress


Outcome 2      Development of specific competencies required, additional training time not required


Outcome 3      Inadequate progress by the trainee, additional training time required


Outcome 4      Released from training programme with or without specified competencies


Insufficient Evidence


Outcome 5      Incomplete evidence presented, additional training time may be required


Recommendation for Completion of Training


Outcome 6      Gained all required competencies


Outcome for Trainees Out of Programme or not in Run -Through Training


Outcome 7.1    Satisfactory progress in, or completion of, the LAT / FTSTA placement


Outcome 7.2    Development of specific competencies required, additional time required LAT / FTSTA placement


Outcome 7.4    Incomplete evidence presented - LAT / FTSTA placement


Outcome 8       Out of Programme: OOPE (Experience); OOPR (Research); OOPc (Career Break)

                   Note: OOPT must have an annual review and would therefore be reviewed under Outcomes 1-5, not Outcome 8


Outcome 9       Outcome for doctors undertaking top-up training in a training post


Further information regarding ARCPs can be found in the Gold Guide.



As a doctor in a specialty training programme revalidation is reasonably straightforward for you.  Your ‘responsible officer’ will make a revalidation recommendation to the GMC periodically and will base this recommendation on your participation in the Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP) process. This does mean that you need to be engaged in, and meet the assessments and curriculum requirements of your training programme.


For further information, or if you have any queries regarding revalidation please direct them to the Health Education North Central and East London via the PGMDE Support Portal.

ARCP Resources

Evidence of training in Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults is now a requirement for ARCP.  This can be done through e-learning.  Follow the links below for further details, and to complete the e-learning.  Please ensure you upload the evidence to LLP.


Safeguarding Children (click here)

Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults (click here)

Lifelong Learning Platform

Follow links below for further information regarding the Lifelong Learning Platform:

Guidance Videos 

Lifelong Learning Platform