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Dear Doctor

Re: West of Scotland Psychiatry ARCPs - 2011

We are writing with information regarding the ARCPs to be held in May and June 2011
for advanced trainees in Psychiatry in the West of Scotland. We hope that the following
will be helpful.


ARCP Dates 2011
The 2011 ARCP dates for advances trainees will spread over a number of days in May
and June, beginning 13th May 2011. Trainees should aim to have paperwork, portfolios,
WPBAs etc in order by the end of April 2011 – exact dates for submission to NES will be
sent out nearer the time with the formal ARCP notification letter.


WPBA Recommendations for 2011
Following discussion, we have decided to alter the recommendations for WPBAs for 2011
and to make a distinction between ST4/5 and ST6. The changes reflect the availability
of the DONCS for use and the feedback received as to the usefulness of the available
tools. Less than full time trainees should be aiming for a roughly pro-rata number of
WPBAs.

ST4 & ST5
Trainees should aim to have completed 12 WPBAs by the time of the ARCP. This
should include
     1 round of Mini-PAT
     8 clinical WPBAs (i.e. CbD, ACE, DOPS or Mini-ACE with no specific
       requirement to have done a minimum or maximum number of any one tool
     3 non clinical WPBAs (i.e. AOT, JCP, DONCS or CP no more than 2 of any
       one tool

ST6
Trainees should aim to have completed 12 WPBAs by the time of the ARCP. This
should include
     1 round of Mini-PAT
     6 clinical WPBAs (i.e. CbD, ACE, DOPS or Mini-ACE with no specific
       requirement to have done a minimum or maximum number of any one tool
     5 non clinical WPBAs (i.e. AOT,JCP, DONCS or CP – we are suggesting at
       least 3 DONCS as it seems to be particularly well suited to the final year of
       training


e-portfolio
Trainees will be aware that the RCPsych e-portfolio is now available for use. While we
are encouraging trainees to use this, we do not feel that it would be appropriate to insist
on using it for the 2011 ARCPs (especially for final year trainees). Trainees are
therefore free to start to build an online record of training using e-portfolio but for the
2011 ARCPs, we will still be using a paper based system for all advanced trainees.


Paperwork
As in previous years there will be a trainee report to complete and be signed off by the
trainer and a trainers’ report. Final versions of these reports will be available nearer the
time but will be similar to those used previously. They will be posted on the NHS GG&C
MRCPsych website. You will also have to hand in your portfolio for scrutiny as part of
the process. Paper copies of any supporting evidence stored in your e-portfolio will need
to be printed out and included in your portfolio.


Advice on preparation for ARCP
We expect the ARCP process to run smoothly. Trainees should make sure that the
trainee report (which is signed off by the trainer) is an accurate and comprehensive
record of training and activity. In the past some trainees have omitted to mention
important activities (e.g. teaching or audit) on the report, although copies of
presentations or reports were subsequently found in their portfolios. Equally important
is the need to make sure that any activity claimed on the report form is backed up by
supporting evidence in the portfolio.


If you have any areas of concern or are unsure of anything, then please discuss them
with your supervisor or TPD.

Yours faithfully




Dr Susan Miller                              Dr Robin McGilp
Chair – Committee in Psychiatry              TPD, Learning Disability Psychiatry

								
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