Professor Ted Baker has been appointed as Care Quality Commission’s new chief inspector of hospitals.
He will take over the role from Professor Sir Mike Richards who is due to retire at the end of July.
“I do not underestimate the problems the system faces”
Professor Baker has been in his current role as deputy chief inspector of hospitals since January 2014, when he joined CQC to support the development s of its new inspection regimen. The appointment was made following open competition, said the regulator.
Prior to joining the CQC, Professor Baker was in clinical practice for 35 years and has held numerous clinical and academic appointments both in the UK and abroad.
He was medical director and deputy chief executive of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust from 2010-14, and medical director at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust from 2003-10.
While he was at Oxford he chaired the first of the new CQC comprehensive inspections in September 2013 and led his trust through its own CQC inspection in 2014.
While he was at both Oxford and Guy’s and St Thomas’ he led major service improvements and operational and strategic change on behalf of the trusts.
Speaking on his appointment, Professor Ted Baker said: “Every day of my career in the NHS I have seen dedicated, committed staff providing excellent care for patients and service users.
“Our recent inspections have shown that even in undoubtedly challenging times, staff are making impressive improvements in the quality and safety of the care they deliver,” he said.
“I want to work with providers and other partners to build an environment where they can continue to drive improvements and make our healthcare system as good as it can possibly be,” he added.
Sir Mike Richards
“I do not underestimate the problems the system faces, but I have great confidence that the staff have all the qualities we need to overcome them,” he said.
CQC chief executive Sir David Behan said Professor Baker brought an “invaluable track record” of leadership to the role and a “wealth of experience” from his time as deputy chief inspector.
Sir David also paid tribute to the role of Sir Mike Richards in developing and leading the CQC inspection programme, which he said provided a “more complete picture than ever before” of the quality of hospitals care.
Sir Mike himself said: “I would like to congratulate Ted on his appointment to the role. I am pleased to be handing the baton over to him next month and am certain of his ability to lead the next phase of hospital regulation.”