Chair of the Care Quality Commission (CQC)

Body: Care Quality Commission
Appointing Department: Department of Health
Sector: Health
Location: National
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £63,000 per annum
Time Requirements: 2 to 3 days per week

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    31/08/2021 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care is seeking to appoint the next Chair to the board of the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The primary objective of the Chair is to ensure the strategic direction of the CQC, the body responsible for making sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate and high-quality care. CQC aims to make a positive impact on the experiences of everyone who receives care, while regulating services in a targeted way, which supports services to improve and prioritise safety.

In order to deliver this objective, the Chair will be required to:

  • Provide leadership, challenge and direction to the organisation, developing the Board and encouraging and enabling the CQC to be a first-class independent regulator of health and adult social care.  This will include leading the transformation of CQC within the context of wider reform of health and social care, so that regulation of the sector is aligned to future models of service delivery.


  • Ensure that the CQC carries out its statutory responsibilities.


  • In close partnership, with the Chief Executive, set the tone for  excellent working relationship with stakeholders, service users, the broader public, the Department of Health and Social Care, wider Government and Parliament to ensure effective regulation; work collaboratively with leaders of other Arm Length Bodies to promote coherence across the health and adult social care systems.


  • Provide leadership and strategic oversight throughout the Board’s decision-making processes, ensuring affairs are conducted with probity, and that policies and actions support the Board to discharge its functions and duties effectively, in the interests of patients, providers and service users.


  • Ensure the CQC’s executive are held to account for the CQC’s performance, and the delivery of objectives as set out in the appropriate CQC Business Plan. Oversee, scrutinise and enhance already high standards of corporate governance and assurance reporting.


  • Provide direction to Board members on organisational performance issues and ensure the right balance of skills mix and expertise so that the Board can complete duties and requirements.


  • Set an example of integrity and ethical leadership for the organisation. Ensure the Board assesses the values of the organisation and sets a high ethical standard, reinforcing its reputation as an open and independent body, which puts the needs and interests of the public, patients and service users first, but also treats providers registered to the CQC fairly and with respect.


  • Be responsible for the annual assessment of individual performance by the Chief Executive and the Board’s Non-Executive Directors, highlighting areas for growth and setting clear and achievable objectives.


  • Chair board meetings; envisage and then rank the key political and strategic priorities for discussion; determine the quality and quantity of information required to advise the conversation; and foster an environment for constructive challenge and cooperation amongst senior colleagues, ultimately steering them to a level of collective agreement.


  • Ensure the effective induction and development of new Non-Executive Directors and the continuous development of the Board’s capability, working effectively with the Chief Executive to provide sound governance for the organisation.


  • Provide counsel, advice and support to the Chief Executive in particular, and to other Directors; playing the role of mentor/coach, “critical friend” and where necessary acting as a sounding board for potential proposals and ideas.


  • Work with the Commission to ensure good governance, and effective management of resources, reflecting the organisation’s role and values as a first-class regulator.


  • Ensure the CQC adheres to good financial principles, as set out in HMT’s Managing Public Money and the Cabinet Office’s Partnerships between Departments and Arm’s Length Bodies: Code of Good Practice, including taking particular regard to remuneration policy for senior staff.



Person Specification

The Department of Health and Social Care values and promotes diversity and encourages applications from all sections of the community. The boards of public bodies should reflect the population they are there to serve. Boards also benefit from fresh perspectives, and we are always keen to encourage candidates with private sector experience to consider applying for our roles.

Essential Criteria

To be considered, you must be able to demonstrate that you have the qualities, skills and experience to meet all the essential criteria for appointment.

  • Strong strategic leadership skills, with a track record of leading reform and transformation at the highest levels.


  • Ability to drive an intelligence and digital-driven vision for CQC in ensuring patient safety and improving the quality of health and care services.


  • Ability to lead the Board of a major national organisation, delivering robust governance and accountability, and developing executive and board performance.


  • Excellent communicator, with an ability to collaborate to lead change and respond to future models of delivery of care.



Additional Information

The Care Quality Commission (the CQC)  is the independent regulator of health and adult social care in England.  Its purpose is to ensure health and social care services provide safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care and the regulator encourages improvement, where providers fall short of CQC’s fundamental standards.  Its role is to register providers of services, monitor, inspect and rate, take enforcement action for poor care, and speak independently on matters of quality in health and adult social care services.

For further information about the CQC please see the candidate information pack.

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