Closed consultation

Role of a responsible officer: revised guidance

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Original consultation

This consultation ran from to


Seeks views on the revised guidance on the role of the responsible officers appointed by healthcare organisations.


Consultation description

Responsible officers (RO) play a crucial role in improving and maintaining the quality and safety of patient care. They are critical to ensuring that their organisations maintain a focus on published quality standards.

The RO guidance has been produced in collaboration with the Scottish and Welsh governments and NHS England and is aimed at 3 key audiences:

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