Quality Assurance in Training


A requirement outlined in the current Gold Guide (version 8, 2020) states that a minimum of 10% Externality is required at Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP) panels across the UK.

In order to meet this requirement, we hold a list of trained External Advisors who attend panels at the request of Deaneries/LETBs.

In addition to the minimum requirements outlined above, we also receive requests for externality for quality visits and interviews.

Requesting External Advisors

We have updated our process for requesting externality when required. We currently accept requests for:

  • ARCP Panels
  • Quality Visits
  • Interviews (where required)

To request an External Advisor, please submit your request via the below form at least two months prior to the date of the request.

For additional queries, please contact qualityassurance@rcpsych.ac.uk.

Interested in becoming an External Advisor?

If you would like to know more about becoming an External Advisor for the College, please email qualityassurance@rcpsych.ac.uk.


Quality in Training Reports

This year we will be publishing our inaugural Quality in Training Report, outlining key areas within Training, including:

  • An overview of CCTs
  • COVID-19 and impact on training (including ARCP Outcome 10 statistics and the results of the 2020 National Training Survey)
  • CESR and Equivalence
  • An overview of Out of Programme applications
  • Curricula Review Project
  • Externality
  • MTI Scheme
  • MRCPsych Overview
  • Looking forward to 2021

 We are aiming to publish this in November 2020.