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How we are run
Read about our Board and Executive team to find out how we are run and how we make decisions.
The Board is the senior decision-making structure in our organisation. It is accountable to the public, Parliament and the Secretary of State for Health.
The Board is made up of the CQC’s Chair and commissioners. Together, they provide leadership and ensure that we are successful and sustainable in the longer term.
In providing leadership, the Board determines our mission, vision and values. To support this, they make sure that the strategy contains appropriate objectives to meet our aims.
The Executive Team has a responsibility to ensure our development and performance.
It oversees the delivery of our work so that our business plan objectives are achieved and that resources are deployed and redeployed accordingly.
The Executive Team is made up of the CQC Chief Executive, Deputy Chief Executive and Directors.
Read about the subcommittees that work with the Board and Executive team to support their work.
Audit and Risk Assurance Committee
The Audit and Risk Assurance Committee (ARAC) was set up by the Board to independently provide support around risk management, governance and internal control.
The committee engages with our internal and external auditors, the National Audit Office.
The committee is formed of three Board members and two independent non-executive members who are able to provide information on their area of expertise.
The Remuneration Committee (RemCo) supports the Board by approving the remuneration of the Chief Executive and Directors and other senior managers (as defined by Government). RemCo also oversees the pay and reward arrangements for our staff.
The committee is made up of three Board members and one independent non-executive member.
The Stakeholder Committee is the statutory body (required by the Health and Social Care Act) that offers strategy and policy advice to the Board.
It is a formal part of our governance structure that managed by the Public Affairs team and Secretariat. Agenda items will often be prompted by Board, Executive Team, or by committee members themselves.
The committee meets twice a year. The meetings are scheduled around the same time as Board meetings so that the Board can ask the committee for advice on specific topics.
The committee is then able to set up task and finish groups to carry out more in-depth analysis on specific matters of strategy or policy.
Over 20 representative bodies make up the committee. They talk on behalf of people who use services, providers of care, campaign groups and policy-shapers.
Corporate Governance Framework project group
The Corporate Governance Framework project group adds value to the way we are run by providing guidance on the implementation of our corporate government framework. It ensures that it is delivered effectively and economically, and it manages risks and accountability.
The group is led by the Director of Human Resources and eight other members of staff from across our directorates.
Corporate Delivery Committee
The Corporate Delivery Committee (CDC), which is chaired by the Deputy Chief Executive, focuses on the delivery of our business objectives. It also manages their risks and threats and also makes recommendations to the Executive Team.
There are eleven members in total from across the directorates including directors and heads of function.
The following are sub-groups that report in to the CDC.
- Establishment and Recruitment Committee.
- Information Governance Group.
- Business Continuity Programme.
- Health and Safety Committee.
Corporate Change Committee
The Corporate Change Committee (CCC), chaired by the Deputy Chief Executive, ensures that projects and programmes are delivered effectively and timely. These projects and programmes may relate to the way we are run or our regulatory duties.
It also focuses on the transition from proposals of change to business as usual.
There are nine members comprising of directors and heads of function.
Investment Committee (subcommittee of the CDC and CCC)
The role of the Investment Committee is to ensure that our resources are deployed as efficiently and effectively as possible.
This committee helps to achieve strategic and business plan objectives by ensuring value for money.
This committee is chaired by the Director of Finance and Corporate Services. It has four members, including the chair, and additional attendees will be invited when appropriate to discuss issues relevant to their directorate.
Regulatory Risk Committee
The Regulatory Risk Committee (RRC), chaired by the Director of Regulatory Development, monitors the function of the regulatory risk framework and provides assurances to the Executive Team, the Board and ARAC.
- monitors our regulatory model.
- makes recommendations to the Executive Team.
- oversees the production of the Mental Health Act Annual Report and the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards report.
- monitors the management of regulatory risk and identifies issues which should be reported to the Board’s Audit and Risk Assurance Committee.
- approves and monitors the work programme of the Safeguarding subcommittee.
Take a look at our governance structure to see how the Board and Executive team work with the subcommittees.