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Regulator hires three national clinical advisors

12 February 2015
  • Media

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has hired three national advisors to its Primary Medical Services and Integrated Care Directorate.

The three senior clinicians will provide advice and leadership across the whole organisation as the regulator continues to roll out its new approach to inspection.

The trio will offer expert up-to-date guidance, able to draw on clinical experience and they will all continue to work as clinicians during their employment with CQC.

Dr Elizabeth Kendrick will take the role of National Advisor for Elderly Care, Amanda Thomas will take the role of National Advisor for Integrated Children’s Services and Dr Joanna Bayley joins as National Advisor for Urgent Care.

Chief Inspector of General Practice, Professor Steve Field said: ‘These appointments are a real triumph for CQC. The three advisors will be a critical asset as we fine-tune our approach to regulation and tackle the complexities of integrated care.

‘We want to make sure we’re tapping into current expert thinking so we can do everything possible to further develop an effective regulator, encouraging services to give patients the best possible care.’

Older people

Reporting to the Deputy Chief Inspector for General Practice, Dr Janet Williamson, Dr Elizabeth Kendrick is a GP with a special interest in older people working for County Durham and Darlington Foundation Trust and joins in March.

She said: ‘I am very excited about the role. It is a great opportunity to work with different providers looking at integrated care for the frail elderly. I am particularly keen to explore what role commissioners can play in promoting integrated care across the health and social care sectors.’

Urgent care

Reporting to the Deputy Chief Inspector for General Practice, Ruth Rankine, Dr Joanna Bayley is the Medical Director of Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust and Chief Executive of Gloucester GP Consortium Ltd.

Ms Rankine said: ‘Dr Bayley joins us during a fascinating time as we consider how to develop the way we regulate urgent care services, including the NHS 111 service. I’m thrilled she is joining us and know she will provide a wealth of information as we work with our health partners to refine our role.’

Integrated children’s services and safeguarding

Reporting to the Deputy Chief Inspector for General Practice, Sue McMillan, Dr Amanda Thomas is an Executive Medical Director and Consultant Community Paediatrician at Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust. She is a fellow of the College of Paediatrics and Child Health and was elected as a Foundation Fellow of the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine in 2006.

She said: ‘This role is exciting because it is new and it will provide the opportunity to contribute towards shaping effective regulation. I look forward to supporting CQC in understanding and managing the different models of provision and to encourage providers to deliver seamless services for children.’

The three new recruits join six existing advisors in the Primary Medical Services and Integrated Care Directorate.  


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Last updated:
30 May 2017

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.