Scie boss named CQC’s first chief inspector of social care

Andrea Sutcliffe will lead delivery of new ratings system and shift towards specialist inspection of adult care services.

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The Care Quality Commission has appointed Social Care Institute for Excellence chief executive Andrea Sutcliffe as its first chief inspector of social care.

Sutcliffe will be tasked with reshaping the regulator’s approach to monitoring adult social care service users, which will include rating providers on their quality and developing specialist teams of inspectors.

The CQC is currently focused on delivering a new approach to hospital inspection in the light of widespread criticism of both NHS care and the regulator’s monitoring of it. The reform of social care regulation will be implemented in 2014-15, following a consultation in 2013.

Sutcliffe, who has a background in NHS management and was previously executive director of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice), joined Scie in April 2012.

She has managed the institute’s transition from receiving a direct grant from government, which ended in April 2013, to receiving all its income from contracts and the delivery of services, such as training and the Find Me Good Care website to help people choose services.

Contracts secured include a £2m commission from the Department of Health and delivery of the Nice Collaborating Centre for Social Care, which will develop good practice guidance for social care organisations on different service areas.

The appointment of Sutcliffe (whose Twitter name is @Crouchendtiger7) has been welcomed across the social care sector.

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