National Quality Board

The National Quality Board (NQB) was established to deliver high quality care for patients throughout the NHS and at the interface of health and social care.

Role of the group

The NQB oversees and regularly contributes to four core aspects of quality policy:

  • ensuring the overall alignment of the systems for managing and improving quality
  • delivering on specific technical responsibilities, including overseeing work to improve quality indicators, advising the Secretary of State on the priorities for clinical standards set by NICE
  • assuming a wider leadership responsibility for driving the quality agenda and acting as a powerhouse for change
  • contributing to NICE quality standards, quality accounts, patient experience, accreditation and clinical audit policy areas


  • Sir David Nicholson Chair, (NHS Commissioning Board Authority)
  • NHS Medical Director, Department of Health (DH)
  • Chief Nursing Officer (DH)
  • Chief Medical Officer (DH)
  • Director General, Social Care, Local Government and Care Partnerships (DH)
  • Ian Cumming (DH)
  • Jackie Smith (Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Niall Dickson (General Medical Council
  • David Flory (National Trust Development Agency
  • Jo Williams (Care Quality Commission)
  • David Bennett (Monitor)
  • Sir Michael Rawlins (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence)
  • Sir Liam Donaldson (National Patient Safety Agency)

Expert members

  • Professor Ian Gilmore
  • Professor David Haslam
  • Sir John Oldham
  • Professor Hilary Chapman
  • Stephen Thornton

Lay members

  • Lord Victor Adebowale
  • Sally Brearley
  • Don Brereton
  • Margaret Goose
  • Tim Kelsey


17 April, 2012: minutes and meeting papers (ZIP, 351KB)

27 February, 2012: minutes and meeting papers (ZIP, 268KB)

For previous NQB minutes and meeting papers

National Quality Board secretariat

Department of Health
Skipton House
Area 6A, 80 London Road
London, SE1 6LH

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