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‘Inspirational’ recognition for CQC’s Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care

10 July 2014
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The Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care, Andrea Sutcliffe, scooped special recognition at an event held last night (Wednesday, 9 July) celebrating the most inspirational women from all areas of healthcare.

The Health Service Journal (HSJ) announced its 2014 Inspirational Women list at No 11 Cavendish Square, London where Andrea joined around 110 inspirational women and guests at a private reception to network and celebrate their success.

This year’s HSJ Inspirational Women list celebrates the top 50 individuals who stand out for their passion and ability to innovate and drive forward transformational change.

The HSJ judging panel commented: “Andrea is inspirational not just in what she does, but in how she does it. She’s confident without being arrogant, ambitious for her work not herself, and always focused on the good she can do for others.”

CQC’s Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care, Andrea Sutcliffe, said: “I feel honoured to be included in the HSJ Inspirational Women list and would like to thank the judges and anyone who took the time to nominate me.

"I am also humbled by the company I am keeping – there are some fantastic women on this list who are making a huge difference in the health and care world.  Alison Cameron, Gill Phillips and Dr Kate Granger have all used their personal experiences and understanding of services to lead the way in improving care. They are truly inspirational.”

Full details of the Inspirational Women list is available on the HSJ website and further activity on Twitter using the hashtag #HSJWomen


Last updated:
30 May 2017

Notes to editors

Over the spring, HSJ invited readers to name those they thought our judges should be considering. Nominations were accepted both via Twitter and via

Nominees were asked to meet one of more of the following criteria:

  • Delivering outstanding leadership
  • Sharing knowledge and expertise with others in the sector
  • Acting as a role model/mentor to colleagues
  • Driving innovation in service redesign and/or research
  • At the heart of shaping or influencing policy

A panel of judges, who represented a broad spectrum of opinion, were asked to review the long list and add suggestions of their own.

The judges on the panel were as follows:

  • Gail Adams, Head of nursing, UNISON
  • Lisa Bayliss-Pratt, Director of nursing, Health Education England
  • Susan Hamer, Organisational and workforce development director, National Institute for Health Research’s Clinical Research Network
  • Harry Hayer, Director of organisation, people and performance, North Bristol Trust
  • Wendy Irwin, Diversity and equalities coordinator, Royal College of Nursing
  • Dr Nikita Kanani GP, vice chair, Bexley Clinical Commissioning Group and quality lead, Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management
  • Karen Lynas deputy managing director, NHS Leadership Academy
  • Jenni Middleton, Editor, Nursing Times
  • Adam Sewell-Jones, Deputy chief executive and interim chief operating officer, Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals Foundation Trust
  • Ruth Warden, Assistant director of employment services, NHS Employers

About the Care Quality Commission

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the independent regulator of health and social care in England.

We make sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care and we encourage care services to improve.

We monitor, inspect and regulate services to make sure they meet fundamental standards of quality and safety and we publish what we find to help people choose care.