How do I become a suitable person?
Doctors without a connection to a responsible officer can find a suitable person in one of two ways:
- By asking for a cohort of doctors to connect to them (our connection tool directs doctors towards suitable contacts).
- By asking someone who is not currently a suitable person to become one.
A cohort is a group of doctors who have a shared characteristic in their work, for example, doctors who work for a specific organisation or are members of a faculty.
Applying to become a suitable person
If you would like to act as a suitable person you must make an application to us, even if you are already acting as a responsible officer. To apply you should:
- read the criteria for being a suitable person
- talk to your own responsible officer
- telephone us on so that we can assess whether you broadly meet our criteria for a suitable person. If you do, we will send you a suitable person application form.
- complete the form, demonstrating how you fulfil the criteria and how you will meet your responsibilities.
How we assess your application
We’ll assess your application by checking that:
There is no fee for becoming a suitable person and if you complete your application fully, providing the required supporting documentation, it shouldn’t take longer than two months.
When we approve your application, we’ll add you to the list of suitable persons on our website and send you an confirming you are an approved suitable person for a specific cohort or cohorts of doctors.
Adding doctors to your list
If in future you are approached by a doctor whose practice falls within your approved cohort, you can add them to your list using your without needing to gain additional approval from us.
If they don’t, you will need to make a new application to us for that doctor or the cohort they belong to.
Please note that we cannot help you to find groups of doctors to be a suitable person for.