Adass standards chief David Johnstone made CQC director

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services standards head David Johnstone has been appointed to the Care Quality Commission’s executive board.

Johnstone, who has been made director of operations, becomes the only member of the new health and social care regulator’s seven-strong senior management team with both a background in and recent experience of social care.

He is currently chair of Adass’s standards and performance network and executive director of adult and community services at Devon Council, and is due to take up his new role in July.

In an interview with Community Care last month, CQC chief executive Cynthia Bower, who left social services to join the NHS in 1995, said she wanted the director of operations role to go to someone with a social care background.

Denise Platt, who chaired the Commission for Social Care Inspection, had previously warned that the new regulator, which started work on 1 April, lacked social care expertise at senior level.

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