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GP professor appointed to CQC board role

A former GP who is a leading expert in integrated care has been appointed to the board of the CQC.

Sir John Oldham, who trained as a GP in Manchester, took up his role at the health regulator on 1 January.

He is one of three new non-executive board members appointed by health secretary Jeremy Hunt this year.

Sir John studied medicine at Manchester University and did his GP training at inner city practices there before becoming a partner in general practice.

He is adjunct professor at the Institute of Global Health at Imperial College in London and served as the chair of the Independent Commission on Whole Person Care, set up by the Labour Party, in 2014.

Sir John was also on NHS England’s National Quality Board which decides quality and safety strategy for the NHS and priorities for NICE.

He also worked as the national clinical lead for quality and productivity at the Department of Health.

The other two non-executive board members appointed by Mr Hunt are former Disability Rights UK chief executive Liz Sayce and Yeovil Hospital NHS Foundation Trust non-executive director Mark Saxton.

CQC chair Peter Wyman said: 'Our three new non-executive directors bring a wealth of diverse experience which complements the expertise we already have and will help us deliver our strategy.'

Sir John tweeted that he was 'very much looking forward' to working with the CQC.

Readers' comments (4)

  • Brilliant - and there was me worrying about the "NHS Crisis", 2018 and beyond. The appointment of an academic will certainly solve all of the problems we have. Hoorah!

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  • Congratulations john

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  • As a GP he should be well aware of the counterproductive and damaging consequences of the current CQC inspection regime; and hence be working to reduce the bureaucracy and to target activities towards the minority of Practices that have a problem. Alternatively, he may well be just another opportunist who will not endanger his own progression by challenging his political masters agenda.

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  • Yeah but will he care?

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