COVID -19 and ARCP 

The  Covid -19 pandemic has caused an unprecedented disruption to clinical services and training. This section has information on how the ARCP  has been modified to factor in the pandemic’s impact on assessment and career progression.

Please note : Process of the ARCP as detailed in the section below remains unchanged.  Covid outcomes 10.1 and 10.2 are regarded as ‘no fault’ outcomes but trainees receiving this outcome will be required to speak to the ARCP panel on the day.


You will be required to submit your ESSR and supporting evidence on the Lifelong Learning Platform two weeks prior to your ARCP date (for 2020 dates see below).

Panel members will review the evidence using the RCoA national checklists (below) and decide on a predicted outcome a week  before the ARCP.

Only trainees with a predicted unsatisfactory outcome (2,3 or 5) or completion training outcome 6 will be contacted.

It is important you book time off for the ARCP Panel date well in advance of local hospital leave guidelines. Generally, if you have not been contacted a week prior to the ARCP you can assume a satisfactory outcome and cancel your leave. However as all outcomes are subject to final ratification by the ARCP panel, you will still need to be contactable via mobile phone all day.