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Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology training Matrix and ARCP guidance

The ARCP provides a formal process which uses the evidence gathered by the Doctor in training, relating to his/her progress in the training programme. It should normally be undertaken on at least an annual basis for all Doctors in training undertaking specialty training and will enable the Doctor in training, 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 performance and progression issues outside the annual review.

Collecting the Evidence

Each specialty will have mapped its assessment processes against the approved curriculum and the GMC’s Good Medical Practice. Doctors in training should familiarise themselves with the relevant curriculum and assessment framework and it is strongly recommended that they also take note of the GMC’s guidance.

For information on the evidence required please click on the checklist below:-

ARCP Checklist


The ARCP process is delineated in the Gold Guide; Doctors in Training should also familiarise themselves with the ARCP policy which includes the process for review or appeal in the event of an unsatisfactory outcome.

NIHR Academic Trainees

Doctors in Training appointed to an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship (ACFs) or Clinical Lectureship (CLs) must have a joint academic/clinical ARCP. Trainees should refer to the academic assessment page to access the supporting information required for the academic assessment.

Out of Programme (OOP)

Doctors in Training out of programme will need to return an OOP report for each year that they are out of programme for consideration by the annual review panel.  This will need to be accompanied by an assessment report of their progress in research or clinical placement. Doctors in Training who are undertaking a period out of programme for either clinical experience (OOPE) or research (OOPR) that does not count as part of the training programme will need to complete the supervisors report. This form must be completed by the clinical and/or research supervisor in discussion with the Doctor in Training and must be submitted (or uploaded to ePortfolio) in advance of the ARCP/RITA Panel. Failure to do so could result in the loss of the training number.

Please see the School Structure page for Head of School, Training Programme Director, College Tutor and School Management contact details.