CQC appoints new chief inspector of primary medical services and integrated care

The CQC has appointed Dr Rosie Benneyworth as its new chief inspector of primary medical services and integrated care.

Benneyworth is a Somerset GP and is currently the director of strategic clinical services transformation at Somerset CCG as well as vice chair of the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

She will take up the role of chief inspector of primary medical services and integrated care at the CQC in early March, taking over from Steve Field, who has been in post since 2013.

CQC chief executive Ian Trenholm commented: “We’re delighted that Dr Rosie Benneyworth will be joining us. Rosie brings invaluable experience of health and care from a range of perspectives in her roles as a GP, her work at NICE and, most recently, leading Strategic Clinical Services Transformation at Somerset CCG.”

Benneyworth herself said: “I am looking forward to building on the work that Professor Steve Field has progressed over the last few years in primary care, and working with colleagues to develop mechanisms for ensuring safe and effective care in emerging integrated care systems.”

As well as being a GP for 15 years, Benneyworth has worked as managing director of the South West Academic Health Science Network and is a trustee on the board of the Nuffield Trust.

Trenholm added: “I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Steve for his enormous contribution to CQC over the last five years, establishing our approach to inspection of primary medical services and integrated care. I look forward to building on this important legacy with Rosie.”

Helen Stokes-Lampard, chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: “The key role of the CQC is to ensure that the care we deliver to patients in general practice is of a good and safe standard and Rosie’s significant experience, both as a frontline GP and in a wide range of leadership roles, as well as her commitment to promoting patient safety, make her an excellent fit for this role.

“We will work with her to ensure that CQC inspections are proportionate, safe, and focussed on what matters most to patients and the GPs who are working hard to deliver their care.”


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