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CQC head to leave post in summer

Sir David Behan announces plan to step down

Adrian O'Dowd

Monday, 15 January 2018

The chief executive of the NHS regulator the Care Quality Commission (CQC) is to leave his post in the summer, it has been announced today.

Sir David Behan has announced his intention to step down as chief executive, saying that he will continue in the role until the summer to allow the appointment process for a successor to take place.

Sir David said: “After six years at CQC and over 40 years continuous employment in health and social care, I will be stepping down in the summer.

“I am announcing my departure now to allow Peter Wyman [CQC chair] and the board sufficient time to appoint my successor and to allow for a smooth handover.

“It's been an immense privilege to serve the public by leading CQC, and I am incredibly proud of what we have achieved. We've inspected every hospital, adult social care provider and GP practice in the country – over 28,000 services and providers – and in the process developed a baseline on quality that is unique anywhere in the world.

“Our annual State of Care publication is recognised as an authoritative overview of the quality of England's health and care services, and the National Audit Office recently recognised the progress we have made as an organisation. I now feel it's time to move on, to make a contribution in a different way and to allow someone else to lead the organisation to the next stage of its development.”

Peter Wyman, CQC chair, said: “For the immediate future, he will continue to lead the organisation as we deliver the next stage of our strategy – using new technology and new ways of working with the public and providers to continuously improve how we assess performance, encourage improvement and checking that people get safe, high quality care.

“David's unique combination of passion, vision and deep understanding of the health and care system – along with his personal commitment to putting people at the heart of everything we do – have led CQC to become a catalyst for change that improves the quality of people's care.”

Health and social care secretary Jeremy Hunt said: “David has been an exceptional leader, and we are lucky to have had him at the helm at such a transformational period in the regulator's history.”

Sir David was awarded a knighthood for services to health and care in the 2017 New Year's Honours list.

He was previously the director general of social care, local government and care partnerships at the Department of Health, where he was a member of the NHS Management Board; the president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, and the first chief inspector of the Commission for Social Care Inspection.
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