Consultation on revised guidance on the role of the responsible officer

Closed 22 Oct 2015

Opened 27 Aug 2015

Overview

The RO Guidance provides a framework that responsible officers have a statutory obligation to have regard to under the ‘Medical Profession (Responsible Officers) Regulations 2010’. The guidance relates to the role of responsible officers nominated or appointed by bodies designated under the 2010 Regulations and subsequent amendments.

 

The RO guidance has been produced in collaboration with the Scottish and Welsh governments and NHS England and is aimed at three key audiences:

  • doctors licensed with the General Medical Council (GMC) to practise medicine;
  • responsible officers and those taking on the responsible officer role; and
  • organisations designated in the regulations.

 

We are therefore seeking responses from these audiences.

Why We Are Consulting

We are consulting on the revised ‘guidance on the role of the responsible officer’ to allow doctors licensed with the General Medical Council (GMC) to practise medicine; responsible officers and those taking on the responsible officer role; and organisations designated in the regulations to provide feedback on the latest version of the guidance. There is also a duty on the Department of Health to consult on statutory guidance.

What Happens Next

A summary of the responses to this consultation will be made available alongside any further action, and will be placed on the consultation website at www.gov.uk after the responses have been considered.

Audiences

  • GPs
  • Clinicians
  • Managers
  • Commissioners
  • Directors of Public Health
  • Doctors
  • Responsible Officers
  • Foundation Trusts
  • NHS Commissioning Board
  • Tribunal Service
  • Clinical Commissioning Groups
  • Regulatory body
  • Academic/ Professional institution
  • Employer representatives
  • Employee representatives
  • Trade union
  • Deaneries
  • Higher Education institutions
  • Royal Colleges
  • Local authority
  • Social care provider
  • Directors of Adult Social Care Services

Interests

  • Public health
  • Health protection
  • Health improvement
  • Public Health England
  • Well-being
  • Primary care
  • Continuing Professional Development