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Identity of new chief inspector of hospitals revealed


Former cancer tsar Sir Mike Richards has been appointed as the first chief inspector of hospitals.

The appointment was exclusively revealed this morning by Nursing Times’ sister title Health Service Journal.

The chief inspector and his team will sit within the Care Quality Commission and will lead the use of new powers to place trusts in a failure regime in response to care failures.

Sir Mike is currently director of improving mortality at NHS England. He was previously national cancer director for 12 years.

One source told HSJ: “The decision was taken that it should be a clinician in the role and that that is what would work best alongside [CQC chief executive] David Behan, who is a manager.”

The post was created by the government in response to the findings of the Francis inquiry into care failings at the Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust. It will be a highly prominent role.

The job advert for the role said the chief inspector will “champion the interests of patients and make critical judgements about the quality of care provided.”

It adds: “The new chief inspector of hospitals will be a senior figure who will inspire the trust and confidence of the public, and who will have immediate credibility across the clinical professions.

“This is a public-facing role and the chief inspector must have the professional standing to be persuasive to the secretary of state, clinical professions, and the public.

“Most of all, the chief inspector must have a reputation for putting the interests of patients first, and provide an honest and independent assessment of how well or badly hospitals serve their patients.”


Readers' comments (7)

  • Lets wait and see but I wouldnt expect too much, at the end of the day they all put the goverment first rather than the patients.

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  • tinkerbell

    Robert Francis would have been the best man for the job, then he could have implemented his recommendations.

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  • Surely the job Francis already has is far more senior and superior to this one?

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  • this sounds like the man for the job if he already has considerable experience in mortality!

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  • I was impressed with him when he was the national cancer director so will be interested to see how he gets on. The trouble is will he be allowed to do his job without Government interference - hmmm....

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  • Sarah Brooklyn | 2-Jun-2013 3:18 pm

    government and management always seem to be the barriers no matter how conscientious and good at their jobs the workers are, with the best interests of the patients and staff central to their concerns.

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  • Anon 12 Jun

    How true even at grass roots level a good service can be destroyed by interfering managers.

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