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New Chief Inspector of Primary Medical Services and Integrated Care

10 January 2019
  • Media

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has appointed Dr Rosie Benneyworth as the new Chief Inspector of Primary Medical Services and Integrated Care. Rosie will take over from Professor Steve Field in early March.

Rosie is currently the Director of Strategic Clinical Services Transformation for Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group and Vice Chair of the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

Rosie has been a GP for 15 years and has helped develop and improve the health and social care system in Somerset. Rosie has a longstanding interest in improving quality of care for people and has held many clinical leadership roles, particularly leading service redesign and improvement programmes. Former roles include: Managing Director of the South West Academic Health Science Network (AHSN); deputy chair of the National AHSN network; and leadership of the national network of Patient Safety Collaboratives. Rosie is also a trustee on the board of the Nuffield Trust.

Chief Executive at CQC, Ian Trenholm, said:

“We’re delighted that Dr Rosie Benneyworth will be joining us. Rosie brings invaluable experience of health and care from a range of perspectives in her roles as a GP, her work at NICE and most recently leading Strategic Clinical Services Transformation at Somerset CCG.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Steve for his enormous contribution to CQC over the last five years, establishing our approach to inspection of primary medical services and integrated care. I look forward to building on this important legacy with Rosie.”

Dr Rosie Benneyworth said:

“I am delighted to be joining the CQC as Chief Inspector of Primary Medical Services and Integrated Care. I am looking forward to building on the work that Professor Steve Field has progressed over the last few years in primary care, and working with colleagues to develop mechanisms for ensuring safe and effective care in emerging integrated care systems.”

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said:

“The key role of the CQC is to ensure that the care we deliver to patients in general practice is of a good and safe standard and Rosie’s significant experience, both as a frontline GP and in a wide range of leadership roles, as well as her commitment to promoting patient safety, make her an excellent fit for this role. We will work with her to ensure that CQC inspections are proportionate, safe, and focussed on what matters most to patients and the GPs who are working hard to deliver their care.”


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Last updated:
15 January 2019

Notes to editors

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.