19 July 2013

Association for Real Change has congratulated Andrea Sutcliffe on her appointment as Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care at the Care Quality Commission.

Jacqui Bell, Chief Executive of the Association said:

“Andrea’s being tasked with a challenge to reshape the regulator’s approach to monitoring adult social care services by rating providers on their quality. Her reputation of really listening to people who use services and their families and carers, will be a real strength in helping us drive up quality in services for people with learning disabilities that goes beyond minimum standards.”

She added,

“As the Association for Real Change, we see this as a first rate appointment and we’re really looking forward to working closely with Andrea in her new role.”

As Chief Inspector, Andrea will be responsible for developing how CQC regulates social care, in consultation with people who use and provide services. She will oversee the development of a new rating system for social care providers, championing the interests of people using services and making critical judgements about the quality of care provided.

On the appointment, Norman Lamb, Care and Support Minister said:

“The millions of people receiving care services, and their families, deserve the same level of clarity and rigour that NHS hospital patients deserve and will get. It is vital that care users and patients get the sort of joined up care that is at the heart of the new care and support system and I would expect the new Chief Inspector to champion this.”

The Care Provider Alliance of which Association for Real Change is an active member, welcomes the appointment of Andrea Sutcliffe to the post of Chief Inspector of Social Care. The Care Provider Alliance has argued for some time that there is a need for CQC’s inspection regimes for health services and for social care services to be distinctive, with the inspection of care providers being carried out by people with genuine social care expertise and involving people who use services and their families.

The Care Provider Alliance’s Chair, Alex Fox, said,

“We are delighted that Andrea Sutcliffe has been appointed to this role. She brings the expertise she has built leading the Social Care Institute for Excellence and the considerable leadership abilities which will be required to improve the effectiveness and consistency of social care inspection in these very challenging times. We hope that she is given the resources she needs to do a good job and we look forward to working with her to co-design a new approach.”

The Care Provider Alliance is comprised of:
Association for Real Change
English Community Care Association
Mental Health Providers Forum
National Care Association
National Care Forum
Registered Nursing Home Association
Shared Lives Plus
UK Home Care Association
Voluntary Organisations Disability GroupCare Provider Alliance

The current Chair is Alex Fox, Chief Executive of Shared Lives Plus. You can contact the chair by emailing info@careproviders.org.uk