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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.

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