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Sir David Behan announces intention to step down in the summer

Sir David Behan has announced his intention to step down as Chief Executive of CQC. He will continue in the role until the summer to allow the appointment process for a successor to take place.

Sir David said:

"After six years at CQC and over 40 years continuous employment in health and social care, I will be stepping down in the summer. I am announcing my departure now to allow Peter Wyman and the Board sufficient time to appoint my successor and to allow for a smooth handover.

CQC responds to increased pressure on health and social care by pausing some routine inspections

CQC has taken the decision to pause some routine inspections of NHS acute services, GP practices and urgent care services planned for January. This is in response to increased pressure on the health and care system as services cope with additional demand driven in part by a rise in respiratory illness and flu.

Sir David Behan, Chief Executive of CQC, said:

Mark Saxton

Mark Saxton has been appointed a non-executive director of the Care Quality Commission.

Mark will take up his position on 1 March 2018

He has been a non-executive director of Yeovil Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, during which he has chaired its committees on workforce and remuneration. Prior to that, Mark held senior management positions in HR and general management in FTSE and NYSE listed companies both internationally and in the UK.

Liz Sayce

Liz Sayce is a non-executive director of the Care Quality Commission.

Liz took up the position in January 2018.

Liz Sayce was, until May 2017, Chief Executive of Disability Rights UK. She has been a member of the Committee of Healthwatch England since 2014, is a member of the Government’s Social Security Advisory Committee and will shortly be undertaking a Fellowship at the London School of Economics. Previously she was director of policy and communications at the Disability Rights Commission.

Sir John Oldham

Sir John Oldham is a non-executive director of the Care Quality Commission.

Sir John took up the position in January 2018

He is Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Global Health at Imperial College and was the Chair of the Independent Commission on Whole Person Care. Also, he was a member of NHS England’s National Quality Board and was the National Clinical Lead for Quality and Productivity at the Department of Health.

Declaration of interests

Sir John Oldham's professional and financial interests that relate to the CQC.