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Professor Sir Mike Richards

Chief Inspector of Hospitals
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Professor Sir Mike Richards is the Chief Inspector of Hospitals.

Sir Mike became Chief Inspector of Hospitals in July 2013.

He was a hospital physician for more than 20 years. After a variety of training posts he was a consultant medical oncologist between 1986 and 1995, and Professor of Palliative Medicine at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospitals between 1995 and 1999.

In 1999 Sir Mike was appointed as the first National Cancer Director at the Department of Health. In 2007, his role was extended to include end of life care. He led the development and implementation of the NHS Cancer Plan in 2000, the Cancer Reform Strategy in 2008 and Improving Outcomes: A strategy for cancer in 2011.

In July 2012 Sir Mike was appointed as Director for Reducing Premature Mortality on the NHS Commissioning Board (now NHS England). In this role he led the development of a cardiovascular outcomes strategy.

Sir Mike was appointed CBE in 2001 and was awarded a Knighthood in 2010.

Declaration of interests

For details of Professor Sir Mike Richards' professional and financial interests that relate to CQC, download his declaration of interests.

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