Quality in primary care

The role of regulation
The King's Fund, London W1G 0AN
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About this event

In December last year, Professor Steve Field, Chief Inspector of General Practice at the Care Quality Commission, set out his approach to inspecting and regulating all GPs and out-of-hours services. The same year the Patients Association claimed that 47 per cent of complaints to the GMC were against family doctors.

Professor Field will talk about the role of regulation in primary care and how he sees the inspection process influencing quality of primary care. He will also cover the following:

  • share information about the new model of inspection of general medical practice and out-of-hours care
  • lessons learnt and pointers for the future
  • general policy on general practice and primary care.


Professor Steve Field

Chief Inspector of General Practice, Care Quality Commission

Prior to October 2013, Steve was NHS England's Deputy National Medical Director, with the lead responsibility for addressing health inequalities in line with the NHS Constitution.

Steve is also Chairman of the National Inclusion Health Board. He continues to practise as a GP at Bellevue Medical Centre in Birmingham, a large academic training practice, and is involved in research and health care education at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Steve was Chairman of the NHS Future Forum, launched by the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Health in April 2011. He presented the final report in June 2011, leading to key changes in the Bill that became the Health and Social Care Act. A second phase looked at integration of health and social care, information, the NHS's role in the public's health and more work on education and training. After successfully leading those projects he led the review of the NHS Constitution that reached its conclusions in October 2012.

Steve was Chairman of Council of the Royal College of General Practitioners between 2007 and 2010. For the past 12 years he has been a member of faculty at the Harvard Macy Institute, Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts. He is a non-executive director of University College London Partners (UCLP Academic Health Science Partnership), honorary professor at the University of Birmingham and honorary professor at the University of Warwick.

Steve received a CBE for his Services to Medicine in the Queen's 2010 New Year's Honours List.