Professor Sir Mike Richards

Professor Sir Mike Richards was appointed as the First Chief Inspector of Hospitals for England at the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in July 2013.  He has been asked to lead a new programme of inspections across acute hospitals, mental health services, community services and ambulance services both in the NHS and in the independent sector. 

The new inspection programme involves a radically new approach for the CQC with large teams of clinicians, patients, carers and CQC inspectors visiting NHS Trusts. Each inspection will lead to a rating for service: outstanding, good, requires improvement or inadequate.

Prior to joining the CQC Mike was Director for Reducing Premature Mortality at NHS England (2013/14) and National Cancer Director at the Department of Health (1999-2013).  Prior to these appointments Mike was a consultant and Reader in Medical Oncology at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust (1986-1995) and Professor of Palliative Medicine (1995-1999).

Mike was appointed CBE in 2001 and Knight Batchelor in 2010.