ARCP top tips

Yes its that time of the year again, well before sun lotion has been deployed, but still time for the summer ARCPs. Once again our assessments are being led by Anne O, and here is her ARCP news and her top tips. Some of these are so good they are almost eternal truths and so will make it onto the static ARCP webpage.

We hope that your training has been progressing well over the past few months as we recover from the second coronavirus wave. The impact of redeployment and examination cancellations and shielding has disrupted training for many so this continues to be a challenging time.

The summer ARCPs will take place a little earlier this year between the 16th and 30th of June.
The deadline for ensuring readiness of eportfolios for the ARCP review ARCP Thursday, the 10th of June.

We appreciate that the ARCP process can be a little daunting and hope the enclosed ARCP guide will help to address any anxieties and smoothen the process for all.

Particular Issues for this ARCP

-The continued use of minimum curriculum requirements and pared down evidence as defined by the specific Colleges compatible with maintaining patient safety for each year of training to inform when a trainee can progress (the RCPCH has issued specific guidance for each level of training which can be found in the attached guide.

-The continued use of Covid ARCP Outcomes-Outcome 10.1 and 10.2 for use where a trainee was achieving progress and developing competencies and capabilities at the expected rate previously but this has been curtailed or disrupted by the Covid pandemic. We suspect this may be the last window where these are used.

-The Form R continues to be combined with a trainee self-declaration and assessment section to be completed electronically and a pdf copy uploaded onto eportfolio and also sent by the trainee to their educational supervisor.

Which trainees are due to have an ARCP?

-All trainees who have not had an ARCP since summer 2020
-All trainees due to complete training
-Trainees who have been asked to have an ARCP for specific reasons
*Please note that if you had a winter 2021 ARCP review, you will not need to be reviewed this summer unless you are changing levels

What do I need to do now (Practical steps)

4-6 weeks to the ARCP( Now!)
-Review your eportfolio in accordance with the RCPCH Progress curriculum for your level of training. Review your PDP goals.
-Ensure the dates of all training posts and absences are logged properly onto your eportfolio
-Arrange an MSF if you have not had one in the past year, particularly if you are completing a level
-Complete WBPAs, reflective entries and update your skills log
-If you are a grid trainee, please arrange for a CSAC review if you have not had one recently

2-4 weeks to the ARCP
-Arrange a date to meet with your educational supervisor (ES)
-Review and document your progress in achieving the learning outcomes (LO) relating to the key capabilities in the 11 domains for your level of training.
-Complete a trainee led supervision report for ARCP and send on to your ES
-Create an ARCP Summer 2021 Folder and ensure the following are completed and uploaded onto your eportfolio:
Form R, CCT calculator and Post Proforma, Exams and Courses Proforma, and, if at the back end of training, a START remediation folder and any other relevant documentation like an OOP supervisor report, OOPR academic supervisor’s report, Fast-tracking form etc.

1-2 weeks to the ARCP
-Meet with your ES. Discuss your training so far and agree on your progress
-Your ES should then complete the RCPCH Educational Supervisor Section including Clinical Supervisor section unless you have a separate CS who should then complete a CS trainer’s report.

After your ARCP
Review your ARCP outcome, taking note of any recommendations and sign the outcome. Email the TPD chairing the panel if you are would like to query the outcome or get any clarification.

There is quite a lot to remember, true, and it also has to be done just so, also true. However, its worth remembering the purpose – as its the only documentation that the GMC uses to validate your fitness to be called a paediatrician, and by extension, why a parent bringing their loved one to you will know that you are indeed skilled, knowledgeable and fantastic at your job.