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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)

  • 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 perhaps more time in practice for me!!


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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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