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January 2019

GP to head up quality watchdog

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has appointed Somerset GP Dr Rosie Benneyworth as the new Chief Inspector of Primary Medical Services and Integrated Care. Rosie will take over from Professor Steve Field in early March.

Dr Benneyworth is currently the Director of Strategic Clinical Services Transformation for Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group and Vice Chair of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

Dr Benneyworth has been a GP for 15 years and has helped develop and improve the health and social care system in Somerset. Rosie has a longstanding interest in improving quality of care for people and has held many clinical leadership roles, particularly leading service redesign and improvement programmes. Former roles include Managing Director of the South West Academic Health Science Network (AHSN); deputy chair of the National AHSN network; and leadership of the national network of Patient Safety Collaboratives. Rosie is also a trustee on the board of the Nuffield Trust.

RCGP chair Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard commented: 'The key role of the CQC is to ensure that the care we deliver to patients in general practice is of a good and safe standard and Dr Benneyworth's significant experience, both as a frontline GP and in a wide range of leadership roles, as well as her commitment to promoting patient safety, make her an excellent fit for this role. We will work with her to ensure that CQC inspections are proportionate, safe, and focussed on what matters most to patients and the GPs who are working hard to deliver their care.'