Regulation for 21st century health care

The King's Fund
Event type: 
Board Leadership Programme

About this event

'The art of the hospital inspection is still in its infancy – are we expecting too much of it?' asked Nick Timmins in a recent article. David Behan and Mike Richards will describe the CQC's new approach to regulation, including the new standards, an 'Ofsted' style single rating and the inspection process, including the new role of the Chief Inspector of Hospitals. Several reviews, including both reports by Sir Robert Francis, QC, have highlighted the need for greater co-ordination between regulators and the speakers will address how this will be achieved.

This will be run as an evening seminar and participants will have the chance to ask questions and to contribute to the debate about the CQC's role and functions.

The speakers

David Behan

David Behan took up his post as Chief Executive of the Care Quality Commission in July 2012.

David graduated from Bradford University in 1978. He was awarded a CBE in 2003, and, in 2004 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Law by Greenwich University. He was previously Director General of Social Care of Local Government and Care Partnerships at the Department of Health, President of the Association of Directors of Social Services and the first Chief Inspector for the Commission for Socisal Care Inspection.

Between 1996 and 2003, he was Director of Social Services at London Borough of Greenwich and a member of the Greenwich Primary Care Trust Board and the Professional Executive Committee.

Mike Richards

Mike Richards was a hospital physician for more than 20 years. After a variety of training posts, he was a consultant medical oncologist and Professor of Palliative Medicine at Guy's and St. Thomas' Hospitals.

In 1999, Mike was appointed as the first National Cancer Director at the Department of Health. In 2007, his role was extended to incorporate end-of-life care. He led the development and implementation of the NHS Cancer Plan (2000), the Cancer Reform Strategy (2007), the End-of-Life Care Strategy (2008) and Improving Outcomes: A strategy for cancer (2011).

In July 2012, Mike was appointed as Director for Reducing Premature Mortality in the NHS Commissioning Board (now NHS England). In this role he led the development of a cardiovascular outcomes strategy.

In July 2013 Mike took up the post of Chief Inspector of Hospitals at the Care Quality Commission.

Mike was appointed CBE in 2001 and was awarded a knighthood in 2010.