The RCP panel will recommend one of the outcomes described for each trainee.
Satisfactory progress – Achieving progress and the development of competences/
capabilities at the expected rate
Satisfactory progress is defined as achieving the competences/capabilities in the curriculum
at the rate required.
Specialty training - the rate of progress should be defined in the specialty curriculum (e.g.
with respect to assessments, experiential opportunities, examinations etc). It is possible for
trainees to achieve competences/capabilities at a more rapid rate than defined and this may
affect their CCST date.
Dental Core Training – successfully achieved the predefined competence and other
requirements of the post.
Outcome 2 (only applicable in Dental Core Training at 6-month RCP)
Development of specific competences/capabilities required – Additional training time
The trainee’s progress has been acceptable overall but there are some competences/
capabilities that have not been fully achieved and need to be further developed. It is not
expected that the prospective date for completion of training will need to be extended or that
a period of additional remedial training will be required.
The panel should identify and record the further development needs and bring these to the
attention of the trainee’s TPD and educational supervisor. A debriefing meeting should be
arranged as soon as possible after the RCP between the trainee and ES, who will make
clear to the trainee and the employer/s what must be done to achieve the required
competences and the assessments.
Inadequate progress – Additional training time required
The RCP panel has identified that a formal additional period of training is required that will
extend the duration of the training programme and for specialty trainees the award of CCST.
A debriefing meeting should be arranged as soon as possible after the RCP between the
trainee and ES, the TPD and if appropriate the Associate Postgraduate Dental Dean. It
needs to be made clear to the trainee and the employer/s what additional training is required
and the circumstances under which it should be delivered (e.g. concerning the level of
supervision). It will, however, be a matter for the Postgraduate Dental Dean to determine the
details of the additional training within the context of the panel’s recommendations, since this
will depend on local circumstances and resources.
Where such additional training is required because of concerns over progress, the overall
duration of the extension to specialty training should normally be for a maximum of one year,
unless exceptionally, this is extended at the discretion of the Postgraduate Dental Dean,
but with an absolute maximum of two years of additional training during the total duration of
the training programme. For LTFTs extensions to training for whatever reason will be prorata. The extension does not have to be taken as a block of one year but can be divided over
the course of the training programme as appropriate. Where there has been a failure of a
Royal College examination, training should normally be extended to the date of the next diet.
Dental Core Training – Extension of training for a maximum period of 12 months is at the
discretion of the local Postgraduate Dental Dean.
Outcome 4 (W)
Released from training programme – With or without specified competences/
The panel will recommend that the trainee is released from the training programme if there is
still insufficient and sustained lack of progress. The panel should document relevant
competences/capabilities that have been achieved by the trainee and those that remain
outstanding. The trainee will have their National Training Number (NTN)/contract withdrawn
and may wish to seek further advice from the Postgraduate Dental Dean or their current
employer about future career options.
Dental Core Training - For Dental Core Trainees an outcome 4 is awarded to trainees who
wish to leave the formal training programme before completion, decline the offer of Outcome
3 or when the Postgraduate Dental Dean has not recommended further remediation if there
is still insufficient and sustained lack of progress.
Outcome 4 (VR)
Awarded if the trainee voluntarily resigns from the training programme.
Incomplete evidence presented
The panel can make no statement about progress or otherwise where either no information
or incomplete information has been supplied and/or is available to the RCP panel.
The panel should agree what outstanding evidence is required from the trainee and the
timescale in which it must be provided to be able to issue an outcome.
If the panel considers that an Outcome 1 is likely on the basis of the evidence available and
satisfactory outstanding evidence is received, the panel can give authority to the Chair to
issue an Outcome 1. However, if the Chair does not receive the agreed evidence to support
an Outcome 1 or if the panel considers that an Outcome 2, 3 or 4 is likely on the basis of the
evidence available, then a panel will be reconvened. This reconvened panel could be
Outcome 6 - Recommendation for completion of training:
Gained all required competences/capabilities – Will be recommended as having completed
the specialty training programme. If in a run-through training programme (seamless transition
from pre-CCST to post-CSST training periods) will be recommended for award of a CCST.
The panel will need to consider the overall progress of the trainee and ensure that all the
competences/capabilities of the specialty curriculum have been achieved prior to
recommending the trainee for completion of the training programme.
Outcome 7 - Trainees in Post-CCST training posts:
Trainees in fixed-term training posts will undertake regular in-work assessments and
maintain documentary evidence of progress during their appointment. This evidence will be
considered by the RCP panel and will result in one of the following outcomes:
7.1 Satisfactory progress in or completion of the post
The trainee has demonstrated that they have acquired the competences/capabilities
expected of a trainee undertaking a placement of this type and duration at the level specified.
7.2 Development of specific competences/capabilities required - Additional training
time not required
The trainee’s progress has been acceptable overall; however, there are some
competences/capabilities not fully achieved, which the trainee needs to develop to achieve
the full competences/ capabilities for this period of training. The panel will need to specifically
identify in writing the further development required. The rate of overall progress is not
expected to be delayed, nor will the prospective date for completion of this period of training
be extended. At the next review of progression, it will be essential to identify and document
that these competences/capabilities have been met.
7.3 The trainee has not made adequate progress for this period of training
If the trainee wishes to attain the described competences/capabilities, they will be required to
repeat this period of training.
7.4 Released or resigned from training programme – With or without specified
The panel will recommend that the trainee is released from the training programme if there is
still insufficient and sustained lack of progress or if the trainee resigns. The panel should
document relevant competences/capabilities that have been achieved by the trainee and
those that remain outstanding.
7.5 Incomplete evidence presented
The panel can make no statement about progress or otherwise since the trainee has
supplied either no information or incomplete information to the panel. The panel should agree
what outstanding evidence is required from the trainee and the timescale in which it must be
provided to be able to issue an outcome. If the panel considers that an Outcome 7.1 is likely
on the basis of the evidence available and satisfactory outstanding evidence is received, the
panel can give authority to the Chair to issue an Outcome 7.1. However, if the Chair does not
receive the agreed evidence to support an Outcome 7.1 or if the panel considers that an
Outcome 7.2, 7.3 or 4 is likely on the evidence available, then the panel will be reconvened.
Outcome 8 - Out of programme for clinical experience, research or a career break
The panel should receive documentation from the trainee on the required form (OOP
Application Form) indicating what they are doing during their OOP time, if the OOP is not
recognised for training.
i. OOPE: If the OOP period is to gain clinical experience that will not contribute towards the
competences/capabilities required by the training programme (OOPE), then an annual OOP
report form should be submitted, including an indicative intended date of return.
ii. OOPR: If the purpose of the OOP is research, the trainee must produce a research
supervisor’s report together with the annual OOP report form indicating that appropriate
progress in research is being made.
iii. OOPC: If a trainee is undertaking a career break, a yearly OOPC request should be sent
to the panel, indicating that the trainee is still on a career break and including an indicative
intended date of return.
iv. OOPT: If the trainee is out of programme on a training placement (OOPT) that has been
prospectively approved that will contribute to the competences/capabilities of the trainee’s
programme, then an Outcome 8 should not be used. Instead, a routine assessment of
progression should be made and an Outcome 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 should be awarded.
When an outcome is not issued
There are circumstances when the RCP panel would not issue an outcome, such as when
the trainee is absent on statutory leave (e.g. maternity/paternity/adoption or sick leave) or
where training has been paused. In these cases, the panel will record the reasons for this.