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Department of Health (National): Chair of Care Quality Commission confirmed

Press Release   •   Sep 30, 2010 12:34 BST

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley today confirmed the appointment of Dame Jo Williams as Chair of the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The announcement follows an independent recruitment exercise by the Appointments Commission followed by a pre-appointment scrutiny hearing by the Health Select Committee, which subsequently endorsed Dame Jo Williams as a candidate for the post.

The CQC is the independent regulator of health and adult social care in England.  Dame Jo Williams has been the acting Chair of the CQC since February 2010.

Secretary of State for Health Andrew Lansley said:

“I am pleased to confirm the appointment of Dame Jo Williams as Chair of the Care Quality Commission.

“As the acting Chair for the last eight months, she has already demonstrated the leadership needed in steering the CQC through its final stages of bringing NHS trusts into the full registration system, and transforming the new registration system for independent healthcare and adult social care providers."

Dame Jo Williams said:

"I am delighted to be appointed Chair of CQC – but I don't underestimate the challenges that lie ahead.

"The Commission will perform a vital role as the landscape of the NHS and social care changes and the financial situation becomes more difficult.

"As we roll out the new regulatory system to all health and social care providers, it has never been more important for us to capture the views and experiences of people who use services to help inform our judgements. This is something that I feel passionate about.

"CQC will continue to drive improvement to ensure everyone has access to safe, quality services across the country, and I am thrilled to be a part of this."

The appointment is for a term of four years.  Dame Jo Williams will be remunerated at an annual rate of £60,000 for a time commitment of three days per week.

Dame Jo Williams was previously the Chief Executive of the Royal Mencap Society and the former President of the Association of Directors of Social Services as well as a champion for social care services throughout a career in local government.  She also Chairs the Prison Reform Trust and is a member of bodies advising the government on the third sector, carers, learning disabilities and children's services.

Dame Jo Williams is also a Commissioner on the Commission on the Funding of Care and Support (£28,000 per annum based on working one day a week).  She is also currently the Chair of the National Advisory Council on Children's Psychological Wellbeing and Mental Health, set up by the previous administration and funded by the Department for Education and the Department of Health – for the financial year 2010/11, Dame Jo Williams will earn no more than £6,000 in this role.

Notes to editors

  • The appointment has been made in accordance with the Code of Practice set out by the Commissioner for Public Appointments.
  • All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity (if any declared) to be made public.  Dame Jo Williams has declared no political activity.
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  • For media queries relating to the Care Quality Commission please call the CQC Press Office on 020 7449 9018.
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