The chief executive of the National Care Standards Commission
(NCSC) has pulled out of the running for the job as chief inspector
of the new Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI).
Ron Kerr sent a letter to all NCSC staff saying that he has taken
his name off the list of candidates for the chief inspector’s
position after deciding that his “expertise and skills were not the
right fit for the post”.
The CSCI will go live next year combining the duties of the NCSC,
the Social Services Inspectorate and the joint review team.
Kerr added that the model candidate for the role would be someone
with a career in social care management while his experience has
been mainly in general management.
The letter said: “This is one of the most difficult decisions I
have ever had to make. However, I am sure that it is the right
decision – not just from a personal point of view – but also from
the point of view of the expertise that the future CSCI will need
to drive the change agenda.” He will continue to focus on ensuring
the NCSC is “delivered safely into the new CSCI”.