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:

  1. 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.
  2. Identify any concerns/issues/barriers that need to be addressed to help with their progression.
  3. Ensure that each trainee receives an independent evaluation of their progression.
  4. Give confidence to trainees, workplace supervisors and commissioners that their training is being monitored, and that support and advice is being offered as appropriate.

ARP 2019 

The annual review of progression will take place October/November 2019 and will be open for submission during a 5 week window as below:

ARP Opens Thursday 17 October 2019
ARP Closes Monday 25 November 2019
ARP Outcomes released Week commencing Monday 6 January 2020
ARP Support panel meetings scheduled during the period January /February 2020

Access to trainee and workplace supervisor online evaluation forms will be made available on 17th October – under the ARP section.

Evidence for the review

The evidence that will inform the review will comprise:

  1. Trainee’s self-evaluation of engagement and development on the programme and their progress to date.
  2. An evaluation by the trainee’s workplace supervisor of their engagement with the programme and their progress to date.
  3. Portfolio evidence demonstrating achievement against the HSS Standards of Proficiency (SoPs).
  4. Engagement and progress on the academic component, as appropriate to their pathway through and stage of programme.
  5. Evidence of completion of a multi-source feedback exercise/360 appraisal recommended to inform their professional development.

The School recommends that trainees and their workplace supervisor schedule a meeting pre-ARP to review the training plan and discuss progress, and also a post-ARP meeting to discuss the outcome and update the training plan as appropriate.

Outcome statements

Outcome 1 - Progress satisfactory

Review of progression evidence indicates satisfactory progression for this stage of training with no concerns or barriers to the trainee continuing on programme.

Some follow up actions may be requested.

Trainee and training department are commended for their efforts in actively engaging with the Higher Specialist Scientist Training Programme.

Outcome 2 - Progress mostly satisfactory

Review of progression evidence indicates mostly satisfactory progression for this stage of training with some minor concerns or barriers highlighted, from the review of evidence. Comments may indicate that these are being addressed locally.

Trainee should contact the School if support/advice required. Some follow up actions may be required.

Trainee and training department are acknowledged for their efforts in actively engaging with the Higher Specialist Scientist Training Programme.

Outcome 3 - Evidence shows that progress is not as anticipated for this stage on programme

Review of progression evidence indicates major concerns/barriers regarding progress on programme, potentially placing the trainee’s continuation on programme at risk.

It is acknowledged that this may be due to either the trainee’s engagement with the programme or issues with essential provision.

We will contact the trainee and their workplace supervisor for further clarification and arrange a support meeting if appropriate.

Outcome 4 - Completed evaluation of progression form not received from either trainee or their workplace supervisor

The review could not be carried out as either the trainee or their workplace supervisor has not submitted their evaluation of progression form.

Trainee and/or workplace supervisor will be required to complete a non-compliance form justifying their reasons. We will follow up as appropriate.

Outcome 5 - Review evidence not expected

We have been informed of trainee’s leave of absence from the programme.

Trainee to inform us on return to programme and review will be conducted at the next available opportunity and as appropriate to the term of absence.

Outcome 6 - Progression outcome not definable

Previously identified issues/concerns are being actively managed by us in discussion with trainee and/or workplace supervisor.

Follow-up from the ARP

We will follow up as informed by the review evidence, comments/concerns/issues highlighted on the evaluation reports and outcome decision.

The following list provides examples (but is not restricted to) of follow up from the review:

  • Actions from trainee and workplace supervisor relating to the training plan and/or MSF
  • Actions from trainee relating to engagement/progress on academic component/s
  • A non-compliance form to be completed by trainee and/or workplace supervisor if they have not engaged with ARP. Non-compliance is viewed as a serious transgression and a justification will be required for review by the School and if appropriate, HEE commissioners.
  • Support and advice provided by the NSHCS to help address highlighted issues/concerns/barriers and which have not been possible to resolve locally in discussion with employer, HEI or other.
  • Actions requested of the employer/training department or MAHSE where evidence indicates justified serious issues with the provision of workplace training opportunities or academic components of the programme.
  • A request for trainee and/or workplace supervisor to attend an ARP panel meeting to agree actions to facilitate progression where evidence indicates serious concern/barriers relating to the trainee’s progress. The panel will be formed as appropriate to the evidence and may comprise but is not restricted to representatives from the School, speciality senior scientist, MAHSE, AHCS, HEE commissioning group, lay advisor.
  • In exceptional circumstances, with all possible avenues to facilitate progression exploited, if evidence demonstrates that the trainee fails to progress as necessary, they will be supported to exit from the HSST programme.