What is the Annual Review of Progression (ARP)?

The annual review of progression (ARP) evaluates a trainee's progress as they train to become consultant clinical scientists.


Participation in the ARP is a mandatory requirement for all HSST trainees and their workplace supervisors and is intended as a supportive and facilitative process.

The purpose of the ARP is to:

  • provide a formal opportunity for trainees and their workplace supervisors to evaluate, and indicate to the School, trainees’ progress on the programme as appropriate to their stage of training
  • identify any concerns/issues/barriers that need to be addressed to help with the trainees’ progression
  • ensure that each trainee receives an independent evaluation of their progression
  • give confidence to trainees, workplace supervisors and commissioners that their training is being monitored, and that support and advice is being offered as appropriate

What is involved in the ARP?

All HSST trainees will have an annual review of progression towards late spring/early summer of each of the five years. The process will be facilitated by the School and will include:

  • a formal review of evidence of academic progression
  • a review of workplace based competence
  • a review of workplace based progression

Trainees will also have an opportunity to comment on their progression and raise any concerns they may have. If there is significant evidence of failure to progress the trainee will be given agreed and realistic targets to meet during a remediation period. In exceptional circumstances the trainee may be offered and supported through a HSST exit strategy.


Further information about the ARP

You can find further information in the HSST trainees section, via the links below, about the ARP, the common issues and the outcome statements.


Last updated on 29th July 2021