Andrea Sutcliffe CBE, Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care at the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has announced she will be departing at the end of this year to take up a new appointment as Chief Executive and Registrar of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) in January 2019.
For the last five years, Andrea has been a passionate and vocal advocate for change in adult social care and her role as Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care was the first of its kind within the CQC. As well as focusing on transforming CQC’s approach for registering, monitoring, inspecting and rating services across England, Andrea championed the ‘Mum Test’ to align the CQC’s focus with what mattered most to people using those services. This personal touch was welcomed by all in the sector and created a meaningful assessment of quality which made a real difference to everyone involved with regulation and inspection.
Her commitment to adult social care was recognised in the 2018 New Year’s Honours List with the award of a CBE.
Of her departure, Andrea said, ‘I am very sad to be leaving CQC after five challenging but very rewarding years. It has been a great privilege to be the first Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care and I would like to thank everyone for their support. Working with colleagues across the organisation, past and present, and in coproduction with the public, providers and our partners we have achieved a great deal in the last five years. There will always be more to do, but I know that the strong team I work with will continue to drive improvement for people who use services, and I am confident that with Ian and Peter at the helm the CQC will continue to go from strength to strength.’
Those working within the sector have taken to social media this morning to congratulate Andrea on her new role and comment on how they think her work has changed the landscape of social care.
As a valued contributor to Care Management Matters magazine, we are sad to see Andrea go but wish her all the best in her new role as Chief Executive and Registrar of the NMC. We look forward to seeing what Andrea’s successor will bring to their new role at CQC.