LMCs want GPs to be responsible officers in revalidation

The responsible officer for a GP during revalidation should be a practising GP who is not accountable to a primary care organisation, LMC representatives at the annual conference have voted.

Dr Grenville: responsible officers must understand what GPs do
Dr Grenville: responsible officers must understand what GPs do

Dr John Grenville, medical secretary of Derbyshire LMC, raised the motion at the conference in London on Friday, which also called for GPs to have a choice of at least two responsible officers.

He outlined that the responsible officer will need to understand the 'huge range of tasks' GPs do.

Dr Grenville said:  ‘The responsible officer will be someone that from time to time will have to make real decisions that will affect real people's futures. We need that to be someone who understands what we do.

'We also need someone who will be able to approach it without preconceptions. If that person is already looking at us from another performance capacity they may not have that open mind.'

Dr Terry John, GPC lead on revalidation, raised concerns over the feasibility of the idea that responsible officers should not be accountable to a PCT. 

He said: ‘We know that there hasn't been a rush of people coming forward to be responsible officers.

‘What we would argue is that if there is a conflict of interest then there should be a strong appeal process.'

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