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Primary care inspector appointed by CQC

The Care Quality Commission has appointed its first chief inspector of general practice who will lead work on regulating the quality of primary care services.

High profile GP Professor Steve Field has been appointed to the role where he will oversee the inspection of providers of primary care services across the public, private and independent sectors.

As part of the role, he will introduce a ratings system for registered primary care providers, which will identify good and poor care.

Professor Field said: “It’s an opportunity to make sure that all organisations are encouraged to live up to the standards of the best.”

His appointment follows that of similar chief inspector roles for hospitals and social care, which were announced earlier this year as part of the CQC’s new inspection model.

CQC chief executive David Behan said: “It is important that the chief inspector of general practice is trusted not only by his peers in primary care, but leaders, staff, and managers throughout the NHS.”

Professor Field, a past chair of the Royal College of GPs, joins the CQC from NHS England, where he was deputy national medical director responsible for addressing health inequalities.

He will continue to practice as a GP at Bellevue Medical Centre in Birmingham. 

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