ICM Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP)
ICM Annual Review of Competence Progressions (ARCPs) are required each year to determine if the trainee is able to progress to the next training year. ICM training is complicated as time is spent acquiring competence in other specialties as well as ICM. Some competences can only be acquired during an ICM module but many can be acquired in any of the acute specialties. It is important for trainees on dual programmes to cross reference competencies so they can be double counted. Those trainees on single CCT programmes will acquire the competences within the ICM programme but may well be undertaking acute medicine or anaesthesia modules. For the purpose of the ARCP the trainee will be expected to have achieved the competences on a pro rata basis e.g. Stage 1 is usually of 24 months duration and hence at the ARCP after the first year the trainee will be expected to have achieved 50% of what is required to complete Stage 1 in order to be given an outcome 1.
The ARCP provides a formal process which uses the evidence gathered by the trainee, relating to his/her progress in the training programme. It should normally be undertaken on an annual basis for trainees in specialty training and will enable the trainee, the Postgraduate Dean and employers to document that the competences required are being gained at an appropriate rate and through appropriate experience. The process may be conducted more frequently if there is a need to deal with progression issues outside the annual review. Plans for future training can then also be agreed. Progress is detailed against GMC approved curricular. A detailed explanation can be found in the Gold Guide.
Further details regarding the ARCP process can be found on the Health Education West Midlands website.