The responsible officer (RO) regulations describe in detail the type of organisations which are designated bodies. They can be broadly summarised as:
• organisations that provide healthcare
• organisations that set standards and policy for the delivery of healthcare
• some specialist organisations who employ or contract with doctors.
All designated bodies have a duty to appoint or nominate a responsible officer and to support those doctors with whom they have a formal link (known in the regulations as a ‘prescribed connection').
In this section you will find information relating to the organisational systems and processes that an RO will need to have in place including the organisational readiness self-assessment tool (ORSA) and arrangements for information management.
The RO dashboard can be downloaded soon and will assist ROs in managing the list of doctors with whom they have a prescribed connection.
Information on developing effective appraisal systems can be found here.
Information on responding to concerns can be found here.
Link to clinical audit resources - http://www.hqip.org.uk/national-clinical-audit-registries/