Manchester expert appointed to Care Quality Commission

12 Jun 2013

A Manchester professor who leads the National Suicide Prevention Strategy for England has been appointed as a non-executive director on the Board of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) – the organisation which checks whether hospitals and care homes are meeting national standards.

Professor Louis Appleby
Professor Louis Appleby

Professor Louis Appleby, Professor of Psychiatry in the Institute of Brain, Behaviour and Mental Health at the University of Manchester, joins five senior figures with a wide variety of professional experience taking up the new role.

Professor Appleby, currently national clinical director for offender health, was selected for his experience in mental health and research on patient safety. He is Director of the National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness and an honorary consultant psychiatrist at the Manchester Mental Health Partnership.

Professor Appleby said: “This is a potentially high profile responsibility following the Francis Report on Mid-Staffs which placed CQC at the forefront of improving safety and restoring public confidence in the NHS.”

The other non-executive directors appointed are:
• Dr Jennifer Dixon, chief executive of the Nuffield Trust;
• Camilla Cavendish, an award-winning journalist and Associate Editor of the Sunday Times;
• Paul Corrigan, former health policy advisor to Tony Blair and former special advisor to Alan Milburn and John Reid. He is adjunct professor at Imperial College Institute of Global Health; and
• Michael Mire, currently a senior partner at McKinsey & Company, where he has over 30 years of experience.

The board Chair David Prior said: “The appointment of these five new board members who have a huge range of experience between them will help us become a world class regulator of health and social care. I am delighted they are joining us.”

The CQC has a wide range of enforcement powers to take action on behalf of people who use services if services are unacceptably poor.

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