Dental Foundation Training and ‘Review of Competence Progression’ (RCP)

Since September 2016, progress through Dental Foundation Training (DFT) has been measured via a ‘Review of Competence Progression’ mechanism (RCP).

What is RCP?

RCP is a structured and evidence-based program designed to document and analyse progress through DFT in order to ensure core competencies are demonstrated by the completion of training. The DFT training year is rigorously monitored through well constructed assessment strategies and the completion of an online portfolio, which is your record of training. Tools such as ADEPTs (A Dental Evaluation of Performance Tool), Case Based Discussions (CbDs), Multi-Source Feedback (MSFs) amongst others, will chart your progress through DFT.

How is progression measured?

Evidence of your progression will be formally assessed twice a year; firstly at the Interim RCP Panel (IRCP – 6 months into your training year) and at the Final RCP Panel (FRCP – towards the completion of your training year). At these panel meetings your online portfolio will be used to analyse the evidence you have collected to support your progress alongside reports submitted by your Educational Supervisor and Training Programme Director. Following the panel meeting you will be awarded an outcome based on your progression.

At IRCP, the possible outcomes are:

Outcome 1 – Demonstrating progress and the development of competences at the expected rate.

Outcome 2 – Development of specific competences and / or prescribed elements required.

Outcome 5 – Incomplete evidence presented, additional evidence required.

At FRCP, the possible outcomes are:

Outcome 6 – Demonstrated all required competences.

Outcome 6R – Demonstrated all required competences but subject to the completion of identified actions.

Outcome 5 – Incomplete evidence presented, additional evidence required.

Outcome 7 – Referral to a Stage 2 FRCP Panel for further consideration.

In the event of an Outcome 7 at FRCP, a Stage 2 Panel must convene. The Stage 2 Panel would consist of the Associate Dean (also present at Stage 1 FRCP), a Training Programme Director or Associate Dean from another Deanery (not present at Stage 1 FRCP), a Training Programme Director or equivalent from another DFT scheme (not present at Stage 1 FRCP) and a lay representative (also not present at Stage 1 FRCP). This ensures the Stage 2 Panel achieves the required level of externality in order to ensure that consistent and robust decision-making is achieved.

The Stage 2 FRCP Panel can award the following outcomes:

Outcome 3 – Inadequate progress, additional training time required.

Outcome 4 – Released from training programme with competencies demonstrated / not demonstrated identified.

Outcome 6 – Demonstrated all required competences.

Outcome 6R – Demonstrated all required competences but subject to the completion of identified actions.

You can read more about the RCP process via COPDEND’s ‘Dental Blue Guide’.

Foundation Dentists will have the right to appeal a Stage 2 Panel decision that results in a recommendation for an extension to training (Outcome 3) or a recommendation for the Foundation Dentist to leave the training programme with identified areas of competence that have been demonstrated but without completion of the programme (Outcome 4).

Appeals are organised and managed by the Trainee Progression Governance (TPG) team. You can read more about the TPG team and the appeals process here

You can view frequently asked questions relating to appeals as well as the appeals request form.

For further information about RCP please contact Rachel Morgan.

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