Training Programme

Before Training Starts

HEE Thames Valley will send you a conditional offer letter two months before you are due to start your training. This includes the Form R which you must complete to register onto the GP training programme and so that we can issue your National Training Number (NTN).

You will then be able to register with the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) as an Associate in Training (AiT) and set up your trainee Portfolio.

The trainee Portfolio

In Thames Valley since ………….. new FourteenFish Portfolio as a pilot. The new portfolio is more intuitive and allows evidence to be gathered more easily and the requirements are much more clear.

If you are having problems with the Portfolio, then please click ‘help’ at the bottom right of the screen when you are logged in to the Portfolio.

Medical Performers List

All GP Trainees must have applied to join the Medical Performers List (MPL) before they start their first placement in a practice. This is a professional requirement. Trainees who have not submitted their application will not be permitted to start work in the practice and are at risk of not being paid during this time.


This section is to ensure that GP trainees are aware of the specific requirements and resources available for their Annual Review of Competency Progression (ARCP). Information and guidance on the ARCP process can be found on our <a href=”https://…………;which must be used in conjunction with this page.

Specific GP evidence and documents required for ARCP are in addition to the documents stated on the <a href=”https://……………The Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP) is a fundamental part of GP training. It is used to review each trainee’s progress throughout their training and decide on an outcome. To have an ARCP you must have completed an up-to-date educational supervisors report (ESR) and Form R (to be saved in the compliance passport area of the Portfolio).

You will have an ARCP at least once per year. If you are less than full time (LTFT) or have had some statutory leave, it is possible you will have more than one ARCP per year as we will need to review your evidence when you transition from ST1-2 and ST2-3, as well as on an annual basis. Between ARCPs, you will be expected to do at least one more ESR (likely to change to interim (shorter) ESR in August).

Your next ARCP date should be visible in the top right of your portfolio so please make sure all evidence is submitted 2 weeks before this date.  If you think this ARCP date may be wrong, please contact the GP team.

The annual review of competency progression (ARCP) panel look at all the evidence that is located in the trainee Portfolio.

For the exact requirements for GP training, you should frequently refer to the RCGP website mrcgp-workplace-based-assessment-wpba.aspx

Do not forget that to complete your GP training you will need to pass a tripos of assessments. You must continually engage with workplace-based assessments (WPBA), and pass both the applied knowledge test (AKT) and clinical skills assessment (CSA) exam.

Enhanced learning opportunities for GP trainees

Professional support