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Annual Review of Competence Progression (GP)

Here you will find all the information you need to know about the panel review process and who to contact within Health Education England in Wessex.

All GP Trainees must have an ARCP panel review every 12 months during their training. The training programme is planned to last three years with three ARCP reviews. The majority of GP trainees will have their reviews during June and July of each year. However, for trainees who work less than full time (LTFT), or have extended periods of time out of training, they will need to have their reviews at different points throughout the year.

You must submit the following two weeks prior to your ARCP date:

  • A completed ESR (must be less than six weeks old)
  • A completed Form R (parts A and B)
  • Reflection on Work Outside of Training form (if applicable, see below)


You will not be required to attend your ARCP, however if the Panel decides after reviewing your ePortfolio that they have some concerns, you will be required to attend a feedback meeting to discuss these.

Educational Supervisor Reports

An Educational Supervisor Report (ESR) is required every six calendar months, even if a trainee is working less than full time.

A typical full time trainee will be required to complete an ESR at the following points in their training. The ESR is required to be submitted within eight weeks prior to the end of review period. This is so that an ARCP panel has enough time to review progression before a trainee is due to progress to the next phase of their training.   

Form R

It is a professional requirement that you complete and submit an enhanced Form R (Part A and Part B) for each ARCP panel. Failure to do so will lead to an automatic outcome 5, and subsequently an unsatisfactory outcome. Please follow this link to the relevant page on our website which contains the Form R.

Once you have completed your Form R, please email it to: -


Revalidation is a process which all doctors must undergo within the timescales set out by the GMC, it is solely concerned with your Fitness to Practise in relation to your License to Practice. This process runs alongside your ARCP, therefore you must comply with the ARCP requirements to contribute towards your Revalidation. 

  • Enhanced Form R – it is a mandatory requirement for all trainees holding an NTN in General Practice to complete a Form R before each ARCP panel.
  • Your Trust will be asked to submit a report on all doctors who they employ. If you have been involved in any significant events which have gone through Trust processes you may routinely receive formal notification from them. This information will not necessarily affect any future decisions regarding your revalidation. Concerns should be discussed directly with your Educational Supervisor.


Work Outside of Training

If you have undertaken work outside of your training programme, you will need to complete a reflection on work outside of training form. This can be located using the link below. This applies to any work for which you may have used your medical skills e.g. locums in another trust.


Significant Events

Any trainees involved in a complaint or significant event, whether resolved or on-going should include a reflective practice on the event within their ePortfolio.

For further information on Revalidation please see the Trainee Revalidation page on our website.

Going Out of Programme

If you have been out of programme for three months or more, then you need to participate in the Return to Training Scheme. You must meet with your Educational Supervisor 6 to 8 weeks before your expected return to work and complete a Return to Training form. The form should be sent to the Programme Manager at Health Education England - Wessex, and a copy sent to your Programme Director and it should also be saved in your learning log on the e-portfolio. Participation in the Return to Training Scheme is compulsory where you have more than three months out of training. Please see the following webpage for information and documents. (Link to Return to Training information).


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