CQC appoints new chief inspector

Dr Rosie Benneyworth (pictured) has been appointed chief inspector of primary medical services and integrated care at the Care Quality Commission (CQC), taking over from Professor Steve Field in early March.

Benneyworth is the director of strategic clinical services transformation for Somerset CCG and vice chair of the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

She has been a GP for 15 years, holding a number of clinical leadership roles with a focus on service redesign and improvement programmes.

She is a trustee on the board of the Nuffield Trust.

Ian Trenholm, the CQC’s chief executive, said: ‘[Benneyworth] 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.

‘I would also like to take this opportunity to thank [Professor Field] for his enormous contribution to CQC over the last five years, establishing our approach to the inspection of primary medical services and integrated care.’

Benneyworth added: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.’

Commenting on the appointment, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: ‘[Benneyworth’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.’