Ursula Gallagher is to join the Care Quality Commission as a deputy chief inspector for primary care in London.
Professor Gallagher, who is currently director of quality and patient safety and governing body nurse member for Brent, Harrow and Hillingdon Federation of clinical commissioning groups, will begin her new role at the CQC in May.
She will become one of four deputy chief inspectors that all report to CQC chief inspector of general practice Steve Field, and will be involved in the development and implementation of the regulator’s new approach to inspection of primary care services.
“Ursula will play a critical role in supporting the roll out of our new approach to inspecting primary care in our capital city”
The CQC began publishing its ratings for GP practices in October, following the pilot of its new-style inspections from April.
In August it announced it would be extending its “special measures regime” – in which organisations are given support to help raise standards of care – to general practice.
Professor Gallagher has previously been involved with the Department of Health’s response to the Munro Review on child safeguarding, as well as working with the NHS Commissioning Board Authority to develop arrangements for clinical leadership in the NHS in 2012.
Professor Field said: “I am delighted that Ursula will be joining CQC, particularly during such a fascinating time in the regulation of primary care.
“Ursula will play a critical role in supporting the roll out of our new approach to inspecting primary care in our capital city, highlighting the standards of practice that her team finds.”
Professor Gallagher said: “I’m delighted to be joining during this exciting time.
“I’m looking forward to working with the team and building relationships with patients and other organisations that play a role in the delivery of primary care,” she said.