Responding to concerns
In a minority of cases, responsible officers may become aware of concerns or difficulties in relation to a doctor’s practice. These concerns may come to light through appraisal or clinical governance processes and may relate to one or more issues around conduct, performance or health. For a small number of individuals who may struggle to meet the professional standards described in Good Medical Practice (GMC, 2013), it will be important for responsible officers to have appropriate and effective routes for support in place.
The approach to responding to concerns and supporting doctors who find themselves in difficulty through the revalidation process is important, so that doctors throughout England can expect consistent standards of support, retraining and supervision.
In 2013-14 the RST aims to:
- build on the guidance document Supporting Doctors to Provide Safer Healthcare (RST, 2013) and create a proposal for delivery of a national responding to concerns model
- build capacity, knowledge and expertise in the healthcare system for responding to concerns
- continue to facilitate and support the national Responding to Concerns implementation group, which is overseeing the implementation of regional action plans and taking forward national projects, such developing the model for professional support units.