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NHS regulator seeks nurse managers to become inspectors

The Care Quality Commission is inviting band 7 nurses to join its inspection teams on secondment to help improve the quality of health services.

The CQC is offering two-year secondments for people already working in the NHS to join its team of hospital inspectors.                                    

The regulator said it wanted to hear for NHS staff who were “passionate about providing good care” and “looking for a new challenge”.

“We want people to be on the side of patients, and to challenge where they see poor care,” the CQC said in a statement.  

“We want people with knowledge or experience of healthcare, be able to analyse information, have experience of conflict management, have solid communication skills and are able to make decisions based on the information available,” it added.

The roles will be suitable for those working at band 7 and for someone looking to gain managerial experience, said the CQC, which added that full training would be given.

Michelle Dunna, a former ward sister in Nottingham who became a CQC inspector in January, said: “I was after a new challenge after 30 years working as a nurse.

“My role in incredibly varied, and I can now see my work making a real difference to the people who use the services,” she said. “I get to see first-hand how a service is run from the people that use it.”

Ellen Armistead, deputy chief inspector of hospitals at the CQC, added that it was an “exciting time” for the CQC as it continued to roll-out its new inspections programme across the NHS and beyond.

The regulator announced last week that it would be extending its “special measures” support regime for failing healthcare providers to primary care settings from October.

For more information, visit the CQC’s website

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