Annual review of progression (ARP)

A supportive process used by HSST trainees and their supervisors to evaluate progression.


What is the purpose of the Annual Review of Progression?

The Annual Review of Progression is used to:

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

The Annual Review of Progression is a mandatory requirement for all HSST trainees and workplace supervisors and it is intended to be a supportive and helpful process.


What evidence must be provided for the Annual Review of Progression?

Evidence that must be provided includes:

  • A trainee’s self-evaluation of engagement and development on the programme and their progress to date.
  • An evaluation by the trainee’s workplace supervisor of their engagement with the programme and their progress to date.
  • A portfolio of evidence demonstrating achievement against the HSS Standards of Proficiency (SoPs).
  • Engagement and progress on the academic component; this must be appropriate to a trainee’s pathway/stage through the programme.
  • Evidence of completion of a multi-source feedback exercise/360 appraisal recommended to inform professional development.

We recommend that you and your workplace supervisor schedule a meeting prior to the Annual Review of Progression to review the training plan and discuss progress. A post review meeting will also be necessary to discuss the outcome and update the training plan as appropriate.


What are the possible Annual Review of Progression outcome statements?

Click the link below for details of each of the Annual Review of Progression outcome statements.


Follow-up from the Annual Review of Progression

Any follow-up will be informed by the evidence, comments, concerns and issues highlighted on the evaluation reports and outcome decision.

Examples of follow-up from the Annual Review of Progression

  • Actions from the trainee and workplace supervisor relating to the training plan and/or MSF.
  • Actions from the trainee relating to the engagement/progress on the academic component/s.
  • A non-compliance form is to be completed by the trainee and/or workplace supervisor if they have not engaged with the Annual Review of Progression. Non-compliance is viewed as a serious transgression and a justification will be required for review by the School and if appropriate the relevant commissioners.
  • Support and advice will be provided by the School to help address any highlighted issues, concerns or barriers which have not been possible to resolve locally in discussion with the employer, HEI or other.
  • Actions will be requested of the employer/training department or MAHSE, where the evidence indicates justified serious issues with the provision of workplace training opportunities or academic components of the programme.
  • A request for the trainee and/or workplace supervisor to attend an Annual Review of Progression panel meeting, to agree actions to facilitate progression where evidence indicates serious concerns or 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, relevant commissioning group, lay advisor.
  • In exceptional circumstances and 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.

Last updated on 5th June 2024