CQC appoints Chief Inspector of General Practice

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Professor-Steve-Field (resized) The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has appointed its first Chief Inspector of General Practice: Birmingham GP Professor Steve Field, CBE.

Professor Field is currently NHS England’s Deputy National Medical Director with responsibility for addressing health inequalities.

He was formerly Chair of the RCGP, a role in which Clare Gerada has recently been an outspoken critic of Government health policy.

In his new role, Professor Field will lead CQC’s regulation of providers of primary care and dental services in both public and independent sectors.

An important aspect of that role will be to support the effective integration of health and social care services at the primary care level.

Professor Field will introduce a ratings system for primary care providers to support commissioning decisions and informed patient choice.

“I am thrilled at being appointed the first Chief Inspector of General Practice in England,” said Professor Field. “I have had a long-standing commitment to address health inequalities, and this role will enable me to ensure that primary medical services put this increasingly important issue high on their agendas.

“It will also allow me to focus on making sure that people receive health and care services that are integrated.”

CQC Chief Executive David Behan commented: “It is important that the Chief Inspector of General Practice is trusted not only by his peers in primary care, but leaders, staff and managers throughout the NHS.

“Steve Field is known and respected across healthcare and is the ideal person to lead our work in primary medical and dental services as well as to ensure that those services link well with other health services and with social care.”

Professor Field will continue to work as a GP at Bellevue Medical Centre in Birmingham.