There will be an ARCP at the end of each year of intermediate level training and you will be sent a letter well in advance of the date(s) for the panel detailing what paperwork you must provide. ARCP dates can be found on ARCP webpage. The ARCP at the end of Year 4 is a major review that draws everything together, including examination results, and confirms that the totality of the objectives of intermediate level training (ST years 3 and 4), including the assessment of 'attitudes', has been achieved. Once these objectives have been met the Intermediate Level Training Certficate (ILTC) can be awarded and the trainee can progress to Year 5 - Higher Training. Without the certificate there can be no entry into higher and advanced levels of training. It is important at this stage to begin planning for your final 3 years of training, including career aims and advanced training options. The ST4 ARCP day, also includes an 'Introduction to Higher & Advanced Training', with a series of lectures detailing advanced training options.
Final FRCA Examination
The Final FRCA exam can be a major hurdle for many Intermediate Level trainees. It is important to discuss your exam preparation with your Educational Supervisor/College Tutor early in Year 3 so that appropriate plans can be made. Most departments will be very supportive in allowing study leave for exam preparation and there are a number of Final FRCA Examiners in Wales who can provide advice.
Regional FRCA teaching is provided in North Wales, Newport, Cardiff and Swansea, plus a new 6 part Final FRCA Course across South Wales.
Guidelines for management of trainees who have failed to pass the Final FRCA exam by the end of ST4
At the ARCP if there are no other performance or behavioural concerns trainees will normally be given a 6-month extension to their training, in the first instance. This may be extended to a year if the following conditions are met :
- Attend classroom/exam teaching sessions
- Attend Performance unit/ISP if referred
- Demonstrate satisfactory attitudes and behaviour
- Show evidence of progress towards completion of final exam
Feedback from local trainers will be sought to verify that the above requirements are being met. Failure to fulfil these requirements may lead to termination of the training extension. If the trainee has not passed the final FRCA by the end of their one year extension they will not be entitled to any further extension to training. Only in exceptional circumstances, at the discretion of the Postgraduate Dean, will they be given a further training extension. If they leave the training scheme they will relinquish their NTN.
If the trainee passes the final FRCA after their training extension they will have to reapply for a training post if they wish to return to training.
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Below are links to a number of useful documents:
Intermediate Level Curriculum