Following Parliamentary endorsement, David Prior has been confirmed as the new Chair of the Care Quality Commission (CQC), Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health announced today.
The CQC is the independent regulator of health and adult social care services. Its role is to drive improvements in the quality of care through the unique function of measuring whether services meet national standards of quality and safety.
Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt said:
“I am pleased to confirm David Prior as Chair of the Care Quality Commission.
“David brings a wealth of experience to this significant position, as the chair of a Foundation Trust, a large comprehensive school, and experience in the private sector. He has demonstrated strong leadership ability in high profile, complex organisations.
“David will lead the CQC at an exciting time, where we need to relentlessly drive up quality in all services.”
David Prior, currently Chairman of Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals Foundation Trust and Chair of an Academy School, said:
“I am delighted to be appointed Chair of the CQC.
“The Commission performs a vital role in an ever demanding health and adult social care environment. I do not under-estimate the scale of the challenge ahead, but look forward to working with the Chief Executive, David Behan, and the whole of the organisation, to ensure CQC is absolutely clear to the general public about the quality of services it inspects - when services are good and when they are not.”
David Prior will step down from his role as Chairman of Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals Foundation Trust to take up post as Chair of CQC from 28 January 2013.
NOTES TO EDITORS
- For media enquiries please ring the Department of Health social care desk on 0207 210 5375
- This appointment is made in accordance with the Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies, issued by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. All appointments are made on merit and political activity played no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity (if any declared) to be made public. David has declared no current political activity.
- David Prior holds no other ministerial appointments.
- The appointment is for four years. He will receive £63,000 per annum for a time commitment of 2-3 days per week.
- For further information on the Care Quality Commission visit their website.