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The Care Quality Commission checks whether hospitals, care homes and care services are meeting government standards. Visit our website at www.cqc.org.uk.

Chief Inspectors

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We will continually update this page as and when new chief inspectors begin their role.

Professor Sir Mike Richards

Chief Inspector of Hospitals

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

In 1999, Sir Mike was appointed as the first National Cancer Director at the Department of Health. In 2007, his role was extended to incorporate 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 in 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 the CQC, download his Declaration of Interests below.

Andrea Sutcliffe

Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care

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Andrea has nearly 30 years’ experience in health and social care managing a range of services including those for children and older people.

Andrea joined CQC in October 2013. She leads our inspections of adult social care services and is responsible for developing our approach to regulating them in consultation with people who use and provide services. She will also oversee the development of a new rating system for social care providers.

She joined CQC from the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) where she was Chief Executive from April 2012.

Previously Andrea was Chief Executive of the Appointments Commission and was an executive director at the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence for seven years.

Andrea is an advocate for the use of social media to share information and learn from others. She blogs regularly for sites such as the Guardian Social Network and on the SCIE website.

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Declaration of Interests

For details of Andrea Sutcliffe's professional and financial interests that relate to the CQC, download his Declaration of Interests below.

Professor Steve Field

Chief Inspector of General Practice

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Steve has been Chief Inspector of General Practice at the Care Quality Commission since October 2013.

Prior to this, he was NHS England’s Deputy National Medical Director, with the lead responsibility for addressing health inequalities in line with the NHS Constitution. 

Steve is also Chairman of the National Inclusion Health Board Improving the health of the most vulnerable. This board focuses on improving the health outcomes of groups such as the homeless, gypsies and travellers, sex workers and vulnerable migrants. It aims to make sure “the invisible ones” are seen, heard and have access to quality care, regardless of circumstance or need. 

He continues to practise as a GP at Bellevue Medical Centre in Birmingham, a large academic training practice involved in research and health care education at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Steve was the Chairman of the NHS Future Forum which was launched in April 2011. He presented the final reports to the full UK Cabinet in June 2011 which led to key changes in the Bill that became the Health and Social Care Act. 

After successfully leading two phases of this project, he led the review of the NHS Constitution.

Steve was Chairman of council of the Royal College of General Practitioners between 2007 and 2010. For the past 12 years he has been a Member of Faculty at the Harvard Macy Institute, Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts. He is a non-executive director of University College London Partners, Honorary Professor at the University of Birmingham and Honorary Professor at the University of Warwick.

Steve received a CBE for his Services to Medicine in the Queen’s 2010 New Year’s Honours List.

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Declaration of Interests

For details of Professor Steve Field's professional and financial interests that relate to the CQC, download his Declaration of Interests below.