A Labour peer has been appointed chairperson of the 'super regulator' for health care, the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence (CHRE)
Baroness Jill Pitkeathley OBE will lead the reformed CHRE council, which includes appointed public members, from January when it assumes responsibility for the super-regulator’s strategic direction.
The Labour peer is currently chairperson of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service – a post she will relinquish in December. She has also previously been chief executive of Carers UK and interim chairperson of the General Social Care Council.
Harry Cayton, chief executive of CHRE said: ‘Health care professional regulation faces the challenge of rapid change in clinical practice, professional roles and international mobility of both professionals and patients.
‘We are delighted that Baroness Pitkeathley will be leading our ambitious work both to anticipate and shape future developments in the field,’ he added.
Since it was set up in 2003, the CHRE has monitored the work of the nine health professions regulators. It acquired new powers of scrutiny in the Health & Social Care Act 2008.