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Former CQC chief to chair Health Education England

Health Education England (HEE) has appointed the former chief executive of the CQC, Sir David Behan, as its new chair.

Sir David, left the CQC this summer, will take on the role for a three-year term starting next month.

He will replace Sir Keith Pearson, who has chaired HEE since the Government arms-length body - which is in charge of overseeing GP education and training - was instated in 2013.

Sir David's career in health and social care spans four decades and he was knighted for his services in 2017. His other previous roles included serving as director general of social care, local government and care partnerships at the Department of Health.

During his six years at the CQC, he oversaw the introduction of the GP practice ratings system and the programme to inspect every GP practice in England.

HEE chief executive Professor Ian Cumming said: 'I am personally looking forward to working with and learning from Sir David as he joins HEE as he brings this experience and leadership to bear on dealing with the workforce challenges and opportunities that will be outlined in the forthcoming long-term plan we are working with colleagues across the system to create.'

The NHS long-term plan, expected imminently, will set out how the Government intends to spend the announced extra £20.5bn in funding. But experts warned this week that the NHS workforce shortages are so dire that there is a risk some of money pledged may go unspent.

Health education bosses have recruited record numbers of GP trainees this year, surpassing their target of 3,250 for the first time, however this comes against a backdrop of high rates of workforce attrition.

Readers' comments (4)

  • Cobblers

    A career civil servant who was knighted for doing his job.

    Payment of £230,000 including pension not enough it seems (CQC annual report 17-18).

    Now left CQC and lands this plum job. Nice work if you can get it.

    Cynic moi? Perish the thought.


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  • Shocking how the ‘honours system’ has become so degraded - suppose they will be decorating Charlie M next?

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  • Cronyism.

    All the work is done by the "turds" ie GPs while all these characters talk rubbish

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  • So this guy is good at running the CQC whose assessments of practices according to recent research from Manchester university show no correlation with any other data on patient satisfaction, or other quality measures and whose attempts to close small practices down have consistently been successfully appealed.

    So his reward for this expensive way of achieving exactly zero is to move to HEE which is the quango that keeps messing up the training of juniors like Chris Day. They removed him from his training programme, but when he took them to an employment tribunal they had to be dragged there kicking and screaming after spending loads of taxpayers dosh on lawyers saying they weren’t an employer!

    But you don’t have to actually do anything to ‘succeed’ in this country, just brown nose your way to the top and when the s**t starts to hit the fan you just move on to the next ‘job’

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