Dr Benneyworth, who will succeed outgoing chief inspector Professor Steve FIeld, will be the first woman to hold the post - and only the second-ever chief inspector of general practice.
The Somerset GP - currently director of strategic clinical services transformation for Somerset CCG and vice chair of NICE - will take on the CQC role from early March. Her official title will be chief inspector of primary medical services and integrated care.
Dr Benneyworth has worked as a GP for 15 years and has held a series of clinical leadership roles working on service redesign and quality improvement. In a 2012 interview with GPonline, she said: ‘If there’s a problem, I’ve never really been the type of person to sit back and not do anything about it. I like to get involved and change things.’
CQC chief executive Ian Trenholm, said he was 'delighted' to have appointed the new chief inspector. He said: '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.'
Dr Benneyworth said: "I am delighted to be joining the CQC. 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."
RCGP 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.'