Care Quality Commission appoints new chief executive

A DH social care czar has been announced as the new chief executive of the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Mr David Behan: new chief executive of the CQC
Mr David Behan: new chief executive of the CQC

David Behan has been appointed as the new chief executive of the CQC. He will take up the role in July, replacing the current chief executive Cynthia Bower, who announced her resignation in February.

Mr Behan is currently director general for social care, local government and care partnerships at the DH, prior to which he was chief inspector of the Commission for Social Care Inspection. He led on work to reform adult social care, and worked closely with local government to deliver the system reforms set out in the Health and Social Care Act 2011.

He has served as president of the Association of Directors of Social Services and as director of social services for Greenwich in south east London, Middlesbrough and Cleveland councils. In 2004 Mr Behan's received a CBE for services to social care.

Announcing the appointment, CQC chair Dame Jo Williams said: ‘I'm delighted to confirm David as our new chief executive. The quality of applicants was exceptionally strong, but David's combination of frontline and regulatory experience, coupled with his commitment to making a difference for people who use services, made him an outstanding candidate.

‘His clarity of vision and strong track record on delivery will be crucial to driving forward the next stage of the CQC's development - as we continue to build on the progress already made, delivering increasing benefits to the health and social care system through our essential role in tackling poor care. I and my board very much look forward to working with him.’

Mr Behan said: ‘I am greatly looking forward to my next challenge of working with the CQC board, staff and stakeholders. I am delighted to have been given this opportunity to lead the organisation that takes action where services are poor and unsafe, whilst providing assurance that our health and care services are fit to achieve quality and outcomes for people which are amongst the best in the world.’

Health secretary Andrew Lansley said: ‘I would like to thank David for his dedication and professionalism. He has made a huge contribution, both in designing the reform of the social care system so it is fit for the future, but also securing much better integration of health and social care.

‘David will take his wealth of experience of health and social care to a vital role – making sure that not only are patients and service users getting high quality care, but that their dignity and experience is as important as their treatment and care. I wish David the best in his new role.’

All GP practices in England must be registered with the CQC by 1 April 2013. Registration will open in October and finish at the end of December. Practices will have 28 days to complete the process of registration.

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