Following the public inquiry into the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, Prime Minister David Cameron asked the CQC to create two new ‘chief inspector’ posts – with responsibility for hospitals and adult social care. Professor Sir Mike Richards was appointed chief inspector of hospitals in May.
Andrea will lead CQC’s inspection and regulation of adult social care. She will be responsible for developing the new approach to the way CQC regulates social care, and will oversee the development of a new rating system for social care providers, championing the interests of people using services and making critical judgements about the quality of care provided.
Norman Lamb, care and support minister, said: “Andrea Sutcliffe brings a wealth of experience to the role and I am confident that she will both be a champion of good practice as well as ruthless in identifying and leading improvements in those areas where poor care exists. She has an excellent record of delivering change and I look forward to working with her in this new and pivotal position.”
Andrea has only been at SCIE since April last year. She has nearly 30 years experience in health and social care, managing a range of services including those for children and for older people. Andrea was also chief executive of the Appointments Commission for five years and an executive director at the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence for seven years.
Speaking about her appointment, Andrea said: “This has been a genuinely difficult decision, and the role of chief inspector is the only appointment that could have enticed me away from SCIE. The knowledge, experience and insight that I have gained and the friends I have made from my time at SCIE will be essential in my new role.”