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CQC appoints new chief inspector of general practice

The CQC has appointed Somerset GP Dr Rosie Benneyworth as its new chief inspector of primary medical services and integrated care.

Currently NICE vice chair and director of strategic clinical transformation at NHS Somerset CCG, Dr Benneyworth will take on the role in early March.

She replaces Professor Steve Field, who was the first chief inspector of general practice when he entered the post in October 2013.

CQC chief executive Ian Trenholm said: 'Rosie brings invaluable experience of health and care from a range of perspectives in her roles as a GP, her work at NICE and most recently leading strategic clinical services transformation at Somerset CCG.

'I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Steve for his enormous contribution to CQC over the last five years, establishing our approach to inspection of primary medical services and integrated care. I look forward to building on this important legacy with Rosie.'

Dr Benneyworth said: 'I am looking forward to building on the work that Professor Steve Field has progressed over the last few years in primary care, and working with colleagues to develop mechanisms for ensuring safe and effective care in emerging integrated care systems.'

Aside from practising as a GP for 15 years, Dr Bennington's previous roles have included managing director of the South West Academic Health Science Network (AHSN); deputy chair of the National AHSN network; and leadership of the national network of Patient Safety Collaboratives.

She is also a trustee on the board of the Nuffield Trust.

Readers' comments (15)

  • Know what CQC stands for? - Can't Quite Cope (with the demands of the day job). So go for an easy sinecure where an evidence light process wreaks havoc on those actually dedicated to delivering patient care.

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  • AlanAlmond

    works for NICE and is " leading strategic clinical services transformation at Somerset CCG"
    another mindless political automiton then, totally embedded in the government agenda, excelling at doing what she has been told is right by the gods up the administrative chain, without imagination, a slave to convention, implementing other people's dictats and following official policy. certainly sounds like she ticks all her masters' boxes. absolutely no chance of straying from the official party line

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  • Is it really appropriate to move from academic advice to regulation? NICE are responsible for advising on what good practice looks like and now have a direct link to those who enforce it! This sort of appointment places phenomenal power in the hands of a small number of people. How do we hold such people accountable?

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  • But there is something delightful about progressing from Nice to Quality. Will the next promotion be to Gorgeous? and then Magnificent? and possibly then Peerless (without the 'less')?

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  • Just Your Average Joe

    Could someone in Somerset in the know please kindly inform the rest of us what " leading strategic clinical services transformation at Somerset CCG" achieved to make life better for GP's at the coalface.

    If this was truly achieved I may be tempted to wait to see is she dismantles the arduous box ticking exercises CQC inspection and turn it into an easier and stress free experience for everyone.

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  • Just Your Average Joe | GP Partner/Principal10 Jan 2019 5:05pm
    Could someone in Somerset in the know please kindly inform the rest of us....

    What do you want, a ‘Frank Riposte’ or a ‘Rosy Tuppence’?

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  • I would be grateful if Dr Rosie Benneyworth could perhaps tell us something of her clinical credentials/ qualifications, ability to perform a competent CNS exam, read an ECG etc before I reflexively jump to some incorrect conclusions about her ability/background.

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  • Another Gong Chaser

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  • CQC, appraisal and revalidation only exist because some GPs agree to participate in running them.
    QED

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  • 15 years as a GP - how many of those full time? How many on committees, steering groups, quangos?

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  • As a Somerset GP Partner, I have known Rosie for over 10 years as an excellent GP trainer who is also a highly regarded and competent clinician. Her work on various organisations has always been to try and bring some grass roots GP sanity to what can seem to be remote and detached organisations. Somerset's loss will be the wider GP community's gain. Perhaps before slagging off our colleagues, some people could reserve judgement until they are better informed.

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  • Cobblers

    The trouble is JRE (one comment wonder I note) that those worthies who run the CCG, STP, NICE and now CQC route are rarely dyed in the wool GPs but admindroid functionaries.

    It would be very nice to be proved wrong. No doubt she will show her true colours in due course.

    And welcome to the Pulse bearpit. :-)

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  • She clearly thinks NICE is a good idea.
    Do we have any idea if she understands the wealth of often conflicting guidelines / guidance under which we are flattened?

    Do we have any idea if she might require an evidence base for cqc pronouncements? Or will they continue to enforce thier non evidence based beliefs? Will we get consistancy? Or will the witch hunt continue?

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  • AlanAlmond

    JRE | GP Partner/Principal11 Jan 2019 11:16am
    I’m sure this lady is a very competent and excellent at her job. I comment from a position of personal ignorance certainly. I am however not a fan of the overall direction of NICE and have good bounds to be sceptical of the output of the ‘clinical transformation’ agenda. NICE is out of touch with the reality of primary care and clinical transformation is about implementing government policy to save money. Being part of such organisations implies accepting some responsibility for their output. The world if full of people who claim innocence of the negative impact of systems in which they are well and truly embedded. I hope this isn’t the case with this undoubtedly hard working Dr.

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  • 15 yrs as a GP with multiple committee meetings.
    Possibly 4 sessions a week.
    If so, has 4/9 x 15/27 of my clinical experience = 24.7%.
    So, a GP with 24.7% of my experience is going to be telling me what to do.

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