Appointment of the Chair of the Care Quality Commission - Health Committee Contents


Appointment of the Chair of the Care Quality Commission


1. On 7 September 2012 Dame Jo Williams tendered her resignation as Chair of the Care Quality Commission (CQC). On 3 October 2012, the Secretary of State for Health wrote to inform the Committee that a process to recruit a new Chair would take place as soon as possible, and invited us to hold a pre-appointment hearing once a preferred candidate had been selected. On 29 November 2012, the Secretary of State informed us that the Government proposed to appoint David Prior as Chair of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and asked the Committee to hold a pre-appointment hearing to consider this proposal. The Committee held the hearing on 5 December 2012.

2. The hearing addressed Mr Prior's background, previous experience and views on the challenges facing the CQC and its board. We examined Mr Prior's views on governance of the CQC Board, its ability to accommodate additional regulatory functions and the core purpose of the organisation. We also asked Mr Prior to discuss how, if appointed, he would approach matters relating to the method of inspection, communication with patients, residents and relatives and changing the organisational culture within providers.

3. On the basis of the discussions during the pre-appointment hearing, we are satisfied that David Prior has the professional competence and personal independence required of the Chair of the Care Quality Commission. We are pleased to endorse his appointment.


 
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