By the end of their two-year training programme, core medical trainees in the United Kingdom are required to have gained experience in 24 outpatient clinics. This requirement is checked at the ‘Annual Review of Competence Progression’ (ARCP), a formal meeting where each trainee’s progress through the training programme is reviewed.
Trainees must have satisfactorily achieved the competences outlined in the core medical training (CMT) curriculum before they may progress to higher specialty training. The Joint Royal College of Physicians Training Board ( JRCPTB) Quality Criteria 2015 states that trainees should ideally attend a minimum of 40 clinics during this period.
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