CQC appoints Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care
Caring Times, Septemebr 2013
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has appointed Andrea Sutcliffe as its first Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care. Ms Sutcliffe joins CQC from the Social Care Institute for Excellence SCIE), where she is currently chief executive.
In her new post she will lead CQC’s inspection and regulation of adult social care and be responsible for developing the new approach to the way CQC regulates social care. CQC says this will be in consultation with people who use and provide services.
CQC chief executive David Behan said Ms Sutcliffe would also oversee the development of a new rating system for social care providers, championing the interests of people using services and making critical judgements about the quality of care provided.
“As one of three chief inspectors, Andrea will have a key role in delivering CQC’s plans and making sure that people who use services are at the heart of what we do,” said Mr Behan.
Care and Support Minister, Norman Lamb said it was vital that care users and patients received the sort of joined up care that is at the heart of the new care and support system and he expected the new Chief Inspector would champion this.
‘Andrea Sutcliffe brings a wealth of experience to the role and I am confident that she will both be a champion of good practice as well as ruthless in identifying and leading improvements in those areas where poor care exists,” said Mr Lamb. “She has an excellent record of delivering change and I look forward to working with her in this new and pivotal position.”