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Policing the profession? Regulatory reform, restratification and the emergence of Responsible Officers as a new locus of power in UK medicine

Marie Bryce, Kayleigh Luscombe, Alan Boyd, Abigail Tazzyman, John Tredinnick-Rowe, Kieran Walshe and Julian Archer

Social Science & Medicine, 2018, vol. 213, issue C, 98-105

Abstract: Doctors' work and the changing, contested meanings of medical professionalism have long been a focus for sociological research. Much recent attention has focused on those doctors working at the interface between healthcare management and medical practice, with such ‘hybrid’ doctor-managers providing valuable analytical material for exploring changes in how medical professionalism is understood. In the United Kingdom, significant structural changes to medical regulation, most notably the introduction of revalidation in 2012, have created a new hybrid group, Responsible Officers (ROs), responsible for making periodic recommendations about the on-going fitness to practise medicine of all other doctors in their organisation.

Keywords: UK; Medical profession; Regulation; Revalidation; Restratification; Responsible Officers; Qualitative; Survey (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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