Chief Inspector of Hospitals
A central element of the Government’s and the Care Quality Commission’s response to the Public Inquiry into the failings at the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust is the creation of a new role – Chief Inspector of Hospitals.
The Chief Inspector will champion the interests of patients and make critical judgements about the quality of care provided. The Chief Inspector will be responsible for assessing and judging how well hospitals put the quality of care at the heart of everything that they do, serving and protecting the interests of people that use their services. They will be charged with leading the CQC’s hospital inspectorate to accomplish this goal. As part of the CQC’s unitary board, the Chief Inspector will undertake a graded performance assessment of all hospitals in England, identifying good as well as poor care, in order to enable more informed patient choices and commissioning decisions. The Chief Inspector will provide assurance that all Trusts are meeting the fundamental standards, and will be able to require action where improvements are needed.
Accountable to the Chief Executive and to the board of the Care Quality Commission, the new Chief Inspector of Hospitals will be a senior figure who will inspire the trust and confidence of the public, and who will have immediate credibility across the clinical professions. This is a public-facing role and the Chief Inspector must have the professional standing to be persuasive to the Secretary of State, clinical professions, and the public. In addition to possessing first class leadership skills, the successful candidate will need to be an exemplary communicator, with a record of delivering change. Most of all, the Chief Inspector must have a reputation for putting the interests of patients first, and provide an honest and independent assessment of how well or badly hospitals serve their patients.
CQC is committed to ensuring that all people management policies, and their application, are free from any form of discrimination on the grounds of: race; disability; gender; gender identity; religion/belief; age; sexual orientation; or any other protected characteristics.
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Please telephone +44 (0) 20 7830 8052 for assistance.
Closing date: Noon, Friday 26 April 2013.