Robert Francis QC, author of the influential Francis Report, has joined the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
Francis’s two reports into the catastrophic failure of care at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, published in 2010 and 2013, called for significant changes in the culture of care in the NHS.
He joins the CQC as a non-executive director along with Paul Rew, a former Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Francis has been a Queen’s Counsel for over twenty years, is honorary president of the Patients Association and a trustee of the Point of Care Foundation and the Prostate Cancer Research Centre.
His appointment follows reports that inspectors at the CQC are finding the new regime unsustainable, inconsistent and exhausting.
Speaking of his appointment, Francis said: “The CQC has a vital contribution to make towards people getting safe, compassionate and effective care. I am pleased to see that many of the recommendations I made in my reports on Mid Staffordshire for cultural change in the healthcare system and the CQC itself are being adopted.
“I hope to make a positive contribution to the work of CQC, supporting its current direction of travel and representing its work and its continuing development as a role model of transparency and openness.”
David Prior, chairman of the Care Quality Commission, said: “The appointment of Robert Francis makes a very clear statement – the interests of patients, all those who receive care and their relatives will be at the heart of everything that CQC does.”
Paul Rew is an experienced non-executive director in both the private and public sectors; he is currently non-executive director and chair of the Audit and Risk Committee, at the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, The Met Office, Northumbrian Water and he is a member of the advisory board of Exeter University Business School.