Professor Gallagher will be responsible for overseeing how inspections are ‘implemented and developed’ for GP practices in London.
She will join other deputy chief inspectors Ruth Rankine, Janet Williamson and Sue McMillan – who all report to chief inspector Professor Steve Field – when she takes up the position this May.
In her current role, she works as director of quality and patient safety at Brent, Harrow and Hillingdon CCGs.
Professor Field said Professor Gallagher will play a ‘crucial role’ in supporting the roll out of the CQC’s overhauled regime in the capital.
‘I am delighted that Ursula will be joining CQC, particularly during such a fascinating time in the regulation of primary care,’ he said.
‘Poor quality in primary care can have serious consequences for the health and wellbeing of a large number of people and this is one of the reasons these roles and the work of the Primary Medical Services Directorate are vitally important.’
Professor Gallagher said: ‘I’m looking forward to working with the team and building relationships with patients and other organisations that play a role in the delivery of primary care.’
So far, 203 practices – just under 3% – have received official ratings, with over 80% achieving ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ grades.
But the new regime has come under fire after inspections revealed huge discrepancies between official ratings and controversial ‘risk bands’ the CQC published ahead of ratings going live.