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CQC appoints Dr Nigel Acheson as new Deputy Chief Inspector of Hospitals

4 July 2018
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The Care Quality Commission has appointed Nigel Acheson as Deputy Chief Inspector of Hospitals.

Currently NHS England’s Regional Director and Higher Level Responsible Officer for the South NHS, Dr Acheson will join CQC in the autumn where he will report to the Chief Inspector of Hospitals, Professor Ted Baker.

Professor Baker said: “I am delighted that Nigel will be joining CQC at this important time in our inspection programme. He brings to CQC a wealth of experience and a track record of professional and clinical leadership.

“In his previous roles, Nigel has been a consistent champion of clinical safety and quality and will make a significant contribution to CQC’s work in these areas.

Nigel will take up the post left vacant following Professor Baker’s appointment as Chief Inspector of Hospitals last year. Nigel’s appointment was made following open competition.


Nigel Acheson is currently Regional Medical Director and Higher Level Responsible Officer for the South Region of NHS England.

He trained in Birmingham and was appointed as a consultant gynaecological oncologist in 2002, moving to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital in Exeter to help develop the gynaecological cancer centre.

As a national advisor and clinical lead to the Department of Health’s enhanced recovery partnership programme, Dr Acheson has actively promoted the involvement of patients as partners in their care. While Medical Director for the Peninsula Cancer Network in the South West of England, he helped to re-establish the patient and public group, with the chair and vice-chair becoming members of the network board.


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4 July 2018

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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.