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Nurse named deputy chief inspector of hospitals

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A nurse turned chief executive is among four new deputy chief inspectors of hospitals that have been appointed by the Care Quality Commission.

Ellen Armistead began her career in the NHS 28 years ago as a nursing auxiliary and is currently chief executive of Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust.

Ellen Armistead

Ellen Armistead

She has worked in a variety of nursing roles in Birmingham, Sheffield, Leicester and Rotherham, and held a number of senior nursing positions.

Ms Armistead also spent some time working for the NHS Executive Trent Region, where she was credited with successfully focussing on the recruitment and retention of nurses and allied health professionals.

The deputies will support Professor Sir Mike Richards, who was appointed last year as the first chief inspector of hospitals to lead the CQC’s revamped inspection scheme in the acute sector.

Each deputy chief Inspector will lead multidisciplinary inspection teams, including clinicians and trained members of the public.

Sir Mike said: “I am delighted to have appointed the deputy chief inspectors of hospitals, who will support me in leading the monitoring, inspection and regulation of health services across England.

“They each bring with them a wealth of experience across regulation, leadership and frontline practice,” he said.

He added: “The deputy chief inspectors will share responsibility for assessing and judging how well providers put the quality of care at the heart of everything that they do and ensuring the interests of those who use their services are protected.”

Sir Mike Richards

The other deputy chief inspectors of hospitals are:

  • Professor Edward Baker, medical director and deputy chief executive of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Dr Andrea Gordon, the CQC’s regional director for central England
  • Dr Paul Lelliott, a former consultant psychiatrist at Oxleas NHS Foundation and director of the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Centre for Quality Improvement.

Dr Lelliot will take up his position next week. The start dates for the other deputies are yet to be confirmed.


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