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.