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Responsible officers

The new role of responsible officer is being developed to ensure that systems within designated organisations support doctors in delivering quality care that is constantly improving. Responsible officers will be senior doctors with local responsibility for overseeing the evaluation of fitness to practise, and monitoring the conduct and performance of doctors. The designation of organisations that are required to nominate or appoint a responsible officer ensures that the vast majority of doctors, and particularly those whose work affects the safety of patients, will relate to a responsible officer.

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