The ARCP process is governed by the Gold Guide and trainees are referred to this for detail. All ARCPs likely to have a satisfactory outcome should take place in absentia, which means the trainee is not present when the ARCP panel makes the decision about the outcome. However there should be no surprises at the ARCP, as trainees should have met with the educational supervisor/TPD in advance and have a good idea about their progress and likely outcome based on this review meeting. If there is the possibility of an outcome that is not satisfactory, the trainee should meet with the panel. Feedback will be given as soon as possible after the ARCP decision has been made. 

The trainee's learning portfolio provides the evidence of progress and it is the trainees responsibility to ensure that the documentary evidence is completed and uploaded to the ePortfolio by the specified submission date (usually two weeks before the ARCP). Trainees are advised to meet with their Educational Supervisor well in advance to the published submission date. Trainees should note that any assessments completed after the submission date may not be counted towards their annual ARCP.

Please note that failure to complete the relevant number of Work Place Based Assessments (WPBAs) and / or an Educational Supervisors Report and / or to upload the following documentation to the eportfolio could result in the trainee being issued with an unsatisfactory outcome at their ARCP: 

  1. E-Portfolio up to date for current stage of training (Please refer to the Royal College of Psychiatrists website for guidance)
  2. Educational Supervisors Report 
  3. Form R
  4. Wider Scope of Practice 

Please present the following documentation to your Educational Supervisor for review and ensure it is available on the portfolio for review by the panel:

  1. Portfolio - completed in accordance with the Royal College of Psychiatrists Portfolio Guidance inc. WPBAs, summary of WPBAs
  2. Educational Supervisors Report
  3. Account of Research / Special Interest
  4. Audit Participation
  5. Any other evidence you feel will be beneficial to the ARCP process

From the curriculum (2013 version) found on page 184 there is information about WPBAs as follows:

 The trainee should indicate the evidence that they wish to be considered for each ILO. A single piece of evidence may be used to support more than one ILO. It is anticipated that trainee will have a minimum of 12 WBPAs per year, to include one round of Mini-PAT, at least two ACEs, two mini ACE, one JCP, several CBDs. Trainees will undertake at least two audits over three years.

The ARCP review will chart your progress to date and will identify any specific training needs for the future. The results of the review will be recorded on the ARCP form, copies of which will be available to you and the Royal College with a copy retained by Peninsula Postgraduate Medical Education for your training record file. We advise that you share the information relating to your ARCP outcome with your Educational Supervisor to facilitate further Educational Supervision

Further guidance on the ARCP process can be found on the Royal College of Psychiatrists website.

Please see the School Structure page for Head of School, Training Programme Director, College Tutor and School Management contact details.