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18 August 2014
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Are you are passionate about providing good care, looking for a new challenge and the chance to take the skills you will learn from the experience back to where you work? If the answer is yes then this could be the opportunity for you.

We are offering exciting secondments for up to two years for people already working in the NHS to join our team of hospital inspectors.    

What we're looking for...

We want you to be on the side of patients, and to challenge the provider where you see poor care. 

We want people with knowledge or experience of healthcare, be able to analyse information, have experience of conflict management, have solid communication skills and are able to make decisions based on the information available.

About our secondment roles

The roles are suitable for those currently working at Band 7 in the NHS and are suitable for someone looking to gain managerial experience. Full training will be given.

As an inspector, you will play your part to check that services are safe, effective, responsive, caring and well led. One day you might be carrying out an inspection, another day writing a report or taking enforcement action against an organisation which provides a service.

Ellen Armistead, deputy chief inspector of hospitals at the CQC, said: “It is an exciting time to join CQC as we continue to develop our inspections across acute, community, mental health and the independent sector.

“I believe these will give valuable opportunities for career development and will, in due course, bring back to the NHS people who have additional expertise in the assessment and delivery of high quality care. “

Michelle's story

Michelle Dunna joined the inspection team in January 2014 after a long career in the NHS, most recently as a ward sister in Nottingham. Her role includes inspecting community, acute and independent hospitals, as well as responding to enquiries and writing reports.

She said: “I was after a new challenge after 30 years working as a nurse. I knew someone who worked there, so after several conversations, she convinced me to make an application.

“My role as an inspector is incredibly varied. I enjoy the time I have with the people who use services and I can see how my work making a real difference. It has been a liberating experience as I am empowered to make decisions.

“Going on an inspection gives me immense satisfaction as I get to see first-hand how a service is run from the people that use it.

“I am proud to work for CQC and I am so glad that made the application. I would encourage anyone to make an application as I have no regrets in coming to work for CQC.”

Full details are available here.

Last updated:
29 May 2017