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Health Education England asks doctors for input on ARCPs

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j3868 (Published 15 August 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3868
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

Junior doctors’ annual reviews of competency progression are frustrating the profession, says Health Education England’s Wendy Reid, who wants a fairer, less bureaucratic process. Abi Rimmer reports

When Wendy Reid talks about the moment she realised that changes were needed to the way junior doctors are assessed every year, she becomes more animated. “There was clearly an issue with the ARCP [annual review of competency progression], and I started this conversation some time ago in a public lecture,” Reid said.

“At the very end of the lecture a very articulate paediatric cardiothoracic surgeon stood up and said that she had had 13 years of RITAs [reviews of in-training assessment] and ARCPs, and no one had ever said if she was any good. It really encapsulated in my mind the need to do something about this.”

Junior contract dispute

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