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ARCP Information (including CCT acceleration)

Starting a new specialty, or moving to a new region for training, can be daunting. This section contains guidance about how the West Midlands Deanery approaches the assessment of your paediatric training, which is carried out at an Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP).

ARCP dates for 2023/24:

 February 2024
Risr (Kaizen) deadline: 

April 2024
Risr (Kaizen) deadline: 
(Panel for those with CCT before July 2024)

July ARCPs
July ARCPs: Deadline for uploading evidence end of June 2024 to Risr (Kaizen) and 20/05/2024 to complete Form R on TIS 

CCT Acceleration Pathway

updated 07/05/2024

FAO Core PGDiT (ST1/ST2/ST3/ST4)

The process has not changed for CORE trainees and there is no need to complete any forms for this summer ARCPS. Please continue to document clearly on ES report for ARCP and ARCP checklist. Please note that as per RCPCH guidance LTFT is not the same as working 100% but be reassured that paediatric training remains competency based.


FAO Speciality PGDIT (ST5/ST6/ST7/ST6(S1)/ST7(S2)/ST8(S3))


Are you aiming / planning / working towards a CCT in Feb 2025 / July 2025 and your July 2024 ARCP is therefore your penultimate ARCP?

Are you a speciality level PGDiT working LTFT but wish to progress quicker than time-based training?  

Please note the RCPCH is very clear that 80% is different from 100% and for the vast majority any acceleration will be made at penultimate ARCP with one adjustment rather than annual changes.


The process for CCT acceleration must now be pre-authorised BEFORE and then approved at your ARCP and can no longer be done by panel on the day by way of an ARCP checklist comment (although do still please make a comment that CCT acceleration application has been made in the free text box). 


There is a new EMids/Wmids NHSE form that needs completing to log your request. Please note this form is generic and not School of Paediatrics specific. You can find a link to this form at the top of this webpage.


As well as completing the form please send an email with “CCT ACCELERATION (your name)” in the subject field to Dr Ellis (TPD assessments) ( so she can confirm receipt of request and check Microsoft form is received. Please note that both the Microsoft form AND email must be received BEFORE WEDNESDAY 29th May 2024 for consideration at a CCT acceleration panel before this summer’s ARCPs. The panel (w/c 3nd June) will then provide a recommendation to the ARCP panel who will in turn make a recommendation to the dean (or his representative) for acceleration approval.

A few rules/considerations!

  1. You can ask for acceleration of CCT as paediatric training is competency based HOWEVER LTFT is NOT the same as working fulltime.

  2. CCT acceleration will only be made at penultimate ARCP (not Final).

  3. CCT date change requests MUST be in line with program changeover dates

  4. Have clear and documented ES agreement that you are exceeding expected competencies (competency based training) – documented within a Kaizen form (supervision / adhoc meeting).

  5. Have clear and documented CSAC agreement (if GRID) – documented (CSAC progression form or email)

  6. If CCT is accelerated, then any time lost to training CAN NOT be regained and if at Final ARCP the panel feel training has not been completed then an OUTCOME 3 will be awarded

  7. If not accelerated at penultimate ARCP then no further ‘adhoc’ ARCPs can be added.



Any questions please do ask.

Form R

A completed Form R must be submitted via TIS Self Service approximately 2 weeks prior to your ARCP.   Form Rs are no longer accepted via any other format.
How to use the system:
You will need to set up an account in TIS Self Service by following the below sign-up process. You will only need to do this once for the initial set up. Please use the email address you have received communication on for sign up. If that email address is not the one you want HEE to contact you on, please contact so we can update TIS.
To sign up:
1. Navigate to
2. Sign-up using the email address we contacted you on.
3. Complete and submit your Form R parts A & B
For further information on TIS Self Service:


Helpful information for ARCP

  • Please ensure that you have created your training posts for the training year and linked your Educational and clinical supervisors.

  • Any absences other than annual leave and approved study leave must also be entered under Absences.

  • Please ensure the ARCP checklist is in the documents section of your portfolio in a folder labelled relating to the appropriate year (e.g. ARCP 2023

    • NB after June 2024 you will not be able to add further documents to the documents folder. Please add the ARCP checklist and other relevant documents for ARCP (e.g. FORM R) to the ARCP preparation form on Risr (formerly Kaizen)

    • All other documents (e.g certificates) should be linked to the appropriate learning logs or SLEs 

  • All level 3 trainees have an additional curriculum to complete in addition to the 11 generic domains; either level 3 general Paediatric curriculum OR the relevant subspecialty curriculum if a grid trainee

  • Please ensure you initiate your clinical and educational supervisors’ reports in good time. It will take you at least an hour to fill in your section of the educational supervisor’s report before the supervisor can start to complete it

A video has been created by the RCPCH on 'How to complete a Trainee Led Educational Supervisor Report' . You may find this useful. Click on the following link:

  • Please ensure PDPs are signed off if achieved

  • Only those SLEs which have been signed by the assessor are valid. Unsigned ones cannot be taken into account

The ARCP Day
The ARCP Day

The ARCP comes towards the end of the year and is focused on completing the assessment of the progress of all trainees. 


The ARCP is a formal method by which trainees are judged to progress through their training programme.  Detailed, generic information can be found on the Joint Royal College of Physician’s website ( along with the Gold Guide.  This document provides background information about National Training Numbers, Less That Full Time Training, Out Of Programme periods, and ARCP Outcomes.

An Outcome 1 is what we should be aiming for: Satisfactory Progress – Achieving progress and the development of competences at the expected rate.  This is decided by an ARCP Panel, which is made up of:

  • The Panel Lead – usually a Training Programme Director, The Head of School or the Postgraduate Dean (or nominated deputy)

  • At least two other members, e.g. Chair of Specialty Training Committee, Training Programme Directors, RCPCH Representatives, Educational Supervisors or Associate Deans.

  • In addition there may be a lay advisor and RCPCH External Assessor (this is compulsory for at least 10% of a deaneries ARCPs).

The panel will base their decision on a number of factors that cover all aspects of training including; clinical work, educational progress, continued professional development, formal reports and completion of the necessary requirements listed in the ARCP checklist.  It should be possible, through proficient completion of the checklist, to determine in your supervision meetings if you will achieve an Outcome 1 at the end of the year.

On the Day of your ARCP

There are no longer face to face meetings with the ARCP panel however you should be aware of what date your ARCP is and should be available on the phone in the event that you need to discuss your progress over the year and to discuss any issues that have or may affect your training.

Dr Philpott and/or one of the Training Programme Directors will be available on the day separate to the ARCP panels to discuss upcoming plans for your training including; potential GRID applications, applying for Out Of Programme time, or any other career aims.  All trainees can choose to attend these meetings. Details on how to book these TPD/HoS clinic appointments can be found in the monthly newsletters.


Due to the time it takes to review each person’s portfolio, your ARCP panel will probably be looking through Kaizen in the weeks preceding the actual day.  If it is indicated that you have an Outcome 1 in the lead up to the ARCP day, and you do not want to attend, then this is not compulsory.  Always inform the Deanery if you are not attending.  In all other scenarios, you should attend your meeting if one has been arranged and always attend if you have an outcome 2, 3, 4 or 5.

The only evidence that is considered is evidence uploaded to Risr (previously Kaizen).  It is a good idea to be familiar with how the system works and ensure everything is uploaded in a logical fashion.


There should not be any surprises.  Indeed, as mentioned above, it should be possible, through proficient completion of the checklist, to determine in your supervision meetings if you will achieve an Outcome 1.  If you have any concerns, please make sure you raise them with the panel.  Bring a notepad with some questions if you find that helps.


When you achieve an Outcome 1, there will always be things to improve on, so expect some pointers to help improve your portfolio for the following year.


The ARCPs are strictly quality assured with a uniform standard across all panels.  Although Dr Philpott is not directly involved in the decision, which is that of the panel, she will have ensured that standard procedure is followed and all evidence in the ePortfolio is considered.

Feedback for the ARCP process within the West Midlands is always welcome. Please email the Trainee Committee and we can share your thoughts at the School of Paediatrics board meetings. 

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