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Trainees' perception of the Annual Review Of Competence Progression: 2-Year survey

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Akshya Vasudev, Dr Kamini Vasudev


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Aims and method: The Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP) is a process of checking and evaluating evidence of competency attainment collected by a trainee over the preceding year. There has been no study evaluating trainees' perception of this new process. Two cross-sectional electronic surveys were conducted a year apart in the north of England. Out of 92 psychiatry trainees 58 (63%) completed the survey in 2008; 60 (63%) out of 96 trainees completed the second round in 2009. Results: Over the year there was a significant improvement in trainees' perception of the new process: 75% of respondents highlighted non-availability of a list of acceptable evidence for the portfolio in 2008, which reduced to 22% in 2009 (P<0.001). The percentage of trainees facing difficulty in accessing the electronic portal reduced from 73 to 28% (P<0.001). The trainees continued to express the need for explicit feedback at ARCP and improved training of the assessors in addition to other parameters. Clinical implications: The process of ARCP seems to have become robust over the year studied. There is scope for further refining of the process according to trainees' needs.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Vasudev A, Vasudev K, Thakkar P

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Psychiatrist

Year: 2010

Volume: 34

Issue: 9

Pages: 396-399

Print publication date: 01/09/2010

ISSN (print): 1758-3209

ISSN (electronic): 1758-3217


DOI: 10.1192/pb.bp.109.028522