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Chief GP inspector set to leave CQC in March 2019

The CQC’s chief inspector of general practice is set to leave his position in March 2019 after five and a half years in the role.

According to the CQC, Professor Steve Field extended his term at the regulator by six months, having originally been expected to leave in October this year. 

Professor Field, who took on the role in October 2013, leads on the inspection of all providers of primary care services, including out-of-hours, online providers and prison health care.

However, since August 2017, he has also assisted in reviewing local systems, looking at hospitals, community services, ambulance services, care homes and residential care services, as well as GP practices.

CQC chief executive Ian Trenholm said: ‘I am extremely grateful to Steve for extending his term of office by six months until March 2019, and supporting me as I joined this important organisation – this has allowed us to progress much of the local system review work and speaks to Steve’s dedication to making sure people get the high-quality, compassionate care that they deserve.

Professor Field told Pulse earlier this year that ‘the amount of work we have been doing on local system reviews’, led him to give up his position as a practising GP at Bellevue Medical Centre in Birmingham.

He said at the time: ‘I have been focusing on making sure we get this important new approach right, where we take a wider view of the patient experience across a local health and care system.’

However, the CQC has faced accusations of bias in its practice inspections during his tenure after a Pulse analysis revealed that at least 60% of partners in ‘inadequate’ practices are BME

Meanwhile, Professor Field admitted at a conference late last year, that the CQC is ‘not as consistent’ as it should be with some practices inspected with more leniency than others.

The news comes after CQC board papers revealed that it has sought legal advice in a bid to expand its inspection remit to include a number of online GP providers, which are currently slipping through the net.

Readers' comments (29)

  • Good riddance.
    It makes me embarrassed to be a GP with the likes of him in the profession :)
    Hope you get your gong Stevie.....

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  • The CQC have been colluding with the government to cover up the effects of its austerity policies on the NHS. Last nights Panorama shows the extent of this with children having to be actively suicidal before CAMHS will help them. We know that good CQC ratings are far more dependent on wealth and demographics than how hard staff work. We also know that the NHS suffers from a depressing tide of scandals despite onerous inspection regimens. There is a secretive group within the regulatory system who are not what they seem and in reality defend the interests of big business putting profit before patients. It's shameful but literally no-one can hold them to account. https://www.gponline.com/six-key-figures-question-fairness-cqc-ratings-gps/article/1452942

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  • Nhsfatcat

    Going going gong.

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  • The damage done to grass roots GPs by the likes of CQC etc. has been incalculable. Is it any wonder that general practice is so unattractive.
    I presume that he will go with not just a gong but a golden goodbye of some sort albeit in a hidden format while the rest of us struggle on!

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  • our experience was that they focused on process and paper work and paid minimal attention to quality of care access etc. They totally measured the wrong metrics so the whole process of CQC inspection was expensive, exhausting and ultimately a waste of time. Our practice managers are our achilles heel in general practice. they are overwhelmed by the demands on them and CQC should hang their heads in shame.

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  • I welcome the fact that he is staying on another 6 months.

    He should be praised for his support for failing practices; lauded for emphasising to the press that general practice is the best-performing sector monitored by the CQC and congratulated for presiding over such a light-touch, low-bureaucracy and effective regulatory regime...Nurse!I'm ready for my medication now.

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  • I pity the poor buggers he presides over next.

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  • I am devastated that he is going.I want to know who his yoga teacher is. Try as I might I have been unable to put my head up my own arse.His auto-colonoscopy skills have been an inspiration to me.Ommmmm.

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  • Good riddance. Unfortunately an even worse specimen is likely to replace this one.

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  • ‘Outstanding’ in his own...
    OBN in the post

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  • Vinci Ho

    Master Yoda
    May the farce be with you........🤪

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  • The man who is ashamed to be a GP will not be missed. I wonder who is next, for better or for worse.

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  • CQC has been an expensive catastrophe. He has no shame.

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  • I think one can be a bit more nuanced about his overall career with the CQC. We deceive ourselves if we overlook that there have been pockets of appalling practice which have now been remedied or removed. However he surely would have been more effective if he had conducted himself in a less aggressive, confrontational and combatative manner with us his colleagues (all in my opinion). Fewer would have resigned and I suspect with at least some collaboration with us he would he would be leaving the stage worthy of some palace recognition. He isn't.

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  • CENSORSHIP?

    The whippings will continue until moral improves..
    The chief whip is resigning...?

    It is perverse to set up a CQC to coincide with austerity and funding cuts.. which will inevitably cause quality to drop
    and then bully the inevitable outcome
    and then even worse to charge those organisations whose funding has been cut
    Civilised society??

    Why doesnt CQC inspect Capita
    their incompetence and delayed payments and withdrawal of payments are no doubt having a devastating effect on quality care provision

    Tough or poor quality
    Tough on the causes of poor quality ????

    Any way Prof Fields will be relived he no longer has to talk General practice every time he opens his mouth..

    Quango Quango Quango

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  • CENSORSHIP?

    Had to leave coal face gen prac for CQC work...
    lol..
    Typical ivory tower mentality
    Appraise, commission, judge, bully
    Anything other than having to actually see patients ???

    Those who only work a couple sessions feel they can judge those taking the stress of full time work

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  • CENSORSHIP?

    I assume he will be returning to full time coal face Gen Practice?

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  • Congratulations to this top GP (I’m surprised you haven’t titled him as this pulse)

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  • What goes around comes around look what happened to Mr Lansley.The damage done to primary care by supposed top GPS has made the NHS a very unstable and dangerous lace for both professionals and patients.Not a record he should be proud of.

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  • Inspection is important but not in the heavy handed way brought about by cqc and their tick boxing processes. They take the opportunity to bully when they find minor errors that are easily correctable. Our adrenaline should be diverted towards patient care and not towards the day of inspection resulting in mountains of paperwork. I thought at one time it was going to be light touch but was disappointed it didn't become the case.

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  • Apart from possibly a few of the golden elite and bottom feeders has anyone spoken up for this odious man?

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  • Completely ghastly man, beyond awful, but the replacement is likely to be equally dreadful, plus ca change.....

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  • AlanAlmond

    No doubt to be replaced by an ex-conservative MP/private secretary/lord/journalist/radio presenter

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  • Bye bye Miss Piggy

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  • Tom Caldwell

    I’m sure his malignant influence will continue to plague our working lives in some odious way.

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  • I'd like to thank him for persuading me to leave the profession early . I've had an amazing summer and without his band of chinless thugs for whom there was nothing too trivial criticise , I might have stayed on another couple of years. Good riddance Field you traitor and good riddance to General Practice.

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  • I think that it is very important that Prof Field`s successor is actually practising as a GP too - and will personally be subject to the CQC inspections.

    Since joining the CQC as a specialist adviser it has concerned me how little importance the CQC seems to attach to its advisers (at all levels) continuing in practice.

    Although this comment might lead to me being `terminated` as a CQC specialist adviser....so perhaps more time in practice for me!!

    Nick

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  • Take whole cqc team with you . We don’t need cqc

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  • He will not be missed. He has had measureable negative impacts, not least to early retirements, workload, regulatory burden, evidence free change imposition and waste.

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