Care Quality Commission announces three shadow commissioners

The Care Quality Commission has appointed its first three “shadow” commissioners prior to its launch as a legal entity next month.

Kamlesh Patel joins directly from his position as chairman of the Mental Health Act Commission, one of the three bodies to be replaced by the CQC.

Jo Williams, chief executive of Mencap, and Deirdre Kelly, head of Birmingham Children’s Hospital’s liver unit, have also been appointed.

The three experts have joined the body which will assume the responsibilities of the Healthcare Commission, the Commission for Social Care Inspection, and the MHAC in April 2009. Until then the inspectorates will continue in their respective roles.

Barbara Young, shadow chair of the Care Quality Commission, said the new commissioners brought a “depth and breadth of experience”. She added that their appointments fulfilled a requirement in the Health and Social Care Act 2008 for health, social care and mental health backgrounds to be well-represented at commissioner level.

Three vacancies remain for CQC commissioners. Young said the successful candidates would be asked to put user interests at the heart of the organisation, along with managing financial governance and regulatory policy.

Kelly has been appointed for two years, Patel for three, and Williams, who steps down as head of Mencap next month, for four.

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