There is a clear set of rules that determines which organisation is your designated body. The rules are based on regulations and you cannot choose who will be your designated body or responsible officer.
The GMC has developed an online help tool to help you find which organisation is your prescribed designated body. Once you have identified your prescribed designated body you should contact that organisation’s responsible officer and also inform the GMC. The GMC refers to this as making a connection.
For the majority of doctors in clinical informatics, it will be straightforward and your designated body will be your employer or national NHS board. This means that as you change employment over the years your designated body may also change. Some professional organisations have designated body status and the GMC help tool will indicate if you should make a connection where you are a member.
A small number of doctors in health informatics may not have a prescribed designated body. This may be due to a variety of reasons including contractual status or unemployment. Whatever your status, it is important that you keep the GMC informed of any changes. If you are unsure, you should work through the GMC tool and if you do not identify a prescribed designated body you will reach a set of questions including, “Are you currently a Health Informatics Practitioner?”. If you can say “Yes” to this (and “No” to all the preceding question sets) then you will be taken to a statement informing you that you may be able to connect to a suitable person who can act as your responsible officer.
Click on the link to the list of approved suitable persons and scroll down through that list. You will find the details of John Woodhouse, a suitable person who can act as a responsible officer for health informaticians. You can contact him to make a revalidation connection. It is important to note that you can only connect to a suitable person to act as your responsible officer if you do not have a designated body prescribed in regulations, so you should follow the GMC tool carefully.
FCI recommends making a connection. However, as an alternative to connecting with a suitable person, doctors with no connection may revalidate directly with the GMC but will need to undertake a GMC revalidation assessment (paper-based MCQ) in addition to other requirements outlined here.