New GP takes over as chief inspector of primary care at CQC

Author: Adrian O'Dowd
GP Rosie Benneyworth has been appointed by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) as its new chief inspector of primary medical services and integrated care.

Dr Benneyworth is currently the director of strategic clinical services transformation for Somerset CCG and vice chair of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

She has been a GP for 15 years and helped develop and improve the health and social care system in Somerset, said the CQC, with her longstanding interest in improving quality of care for people.

Dr Benneyworth, who will take over from Professor Steve Field at the CQC in early March, has held many clinical leadership roles, particularly leading service redesign and improvement programmes.

Former roles include managing director of the South West Academic Health Science Network (AHSN), deputy chair of the National AHSN network, and leadership of the national network of Patient Safety Collaboratives. She is also a trustee on the board of the Nuffield Trust.

CQC chief executive Ian Trenholm, said: “We’re delighted that Dr Rosie Benneyworth will be joining us. Rosie brings invaluable experience of health and care from a range of perspectives in her roles as a GP, her work at NICE and most recently leading strategic clinical services transformation at Somerset CCG.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Steve for his enormous contribution to CQC over the last five years, establishing our approach to inspection of primary medical services and integrated care. I look forward to building on this important legacy with Rosie.”

Dr Benneyworth said: “I am delighted to be joining the CQC as chief inspector of primary medical services and integrated care. I am looking forward to building on the work that Professor Steve Field has progressed over the last few years in primary care, and working with colleagues to develop mechanisms for ensuring safe and effective care in emerging integrated care systems.”

Royal College of General Practitioners chair Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard said: “The key role of the CQC is to ensure that the care we deliver to patients in general practice is of a good and safe standard and Rosie’s significant experience, both as a frontline GP and in a wide range of leadership roles, as well as her commitment to promoting patient safety, make her an excellent fit for this role.

“We will work with her to ensure that CQC inspections are proportionate, safe, and focussed on what matters most to patients and the GPs who are working hard to deliver their care.”

Image courtesy of the Care Quality Commission.