Andrea Sutcliffe appointed chief inspector of social care

19 Jul 13
Andrea Sutcliffe has been appointed as the Care Quality Commission’s first chief inspector of adult social care

Sutcliffe joins the CQC from the Social Care Institute for Excellence where she is currently chief executive. Her appointment represents the start of a new approach to the inspection and regulation of services for elderly and disabled people.

She said she was ‘honoured and delighted’ to be taking on the job. ‘I am looking forward to working with everyone at CQC and across social care to help make a difference for people who are using services, their families and carers. Nothing is more important.’

CQC chief executive David Behan said Sutcliffe was the ‘ideal person’ to lead on the watchdog’s social care work. ‘As one of three chief inspectors, Andrea will have a key role in delivering CQC’s plans and making sure that people who use services are at the heart of what we do.’

Before joining the Social Care Institute for Excellence, Sutcliffe was chief executive of the Appointments Commission. She has nearly 30 years experience in health and social care and has managed a wide range of services including those for children and older people.

Welcoming her appointment, care minister Norman Lamb said: ‘The millions of people receiving care services, and their families, deserve the same level of clarity and rigour that NHS hospital patients deserve and will get. It is vital that care users and patients get this sort of joined-up care that is at the heart of the new care and support system and I would expect the new chief inspector to champion this.

‘Andrea Sutcliffe brings a wealth of experience to the role and I am confident that she will both be a champion of good practice as well as ruthless in identifying and leading improvements in those areas where poor care exists. She has an excellent record of delivering change and I look forward to working with her in this new pivotal position.’


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