According to the New Year Honours list David Behan, Chief Executive of the Care Quality Commission, is transforming the CQC from a troubled organisation into an effective and trusted regulator. He has led the development of a more in-depth and specialised model of inspection and embedded an open and transparent culture that learns from past failures. The new style inspections are seen as credible and regarded by providers as adding value. Previously Director-General in the Department of Health, he had a major impact in progressing the reform of adult social care. He has also served as Director of Social Services in Greenwich, President of the Association of Directors of Social Services and Chief Inspector of the Commission for Social Care Inspection.
David Behan said: “I am proud and humbled to receive this honour. I began my career with a belief in the inherent dignity and equality of every person. This led to a lifelong commitment to social justice which is as strong today as it was 40 years ago. The best social care and health has the power to transform people’s lives. I feel both lucky and privileged to have been able to serve the public in some wonderful roles over the years.
“All of us who work in health and social care are dependent on help and support from colleagues and team mates. I have worked with some outstanding people over the years and have been helped more than I can describe. Together we have worked to make a difference.”
Peter Wyman, Chair of CQC, said: “This award recognises both a lifetime of achievement in public service and David’s great leadership of the CQC as our chief executive. I congratulate him on his hugely well-deserved honour which reflects so well on David and, through him, the CQC.”
David was born and brought up in Blackburn in Lancashire and graduated from Bradford University in 1978. He was awarded a CBE in 2003 and, in 2004, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Law by Greenwich University.
He was previously the Director General of Social Care, Local Government and Care Partnerships at the Department of Health, the President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, and the first Chief Inspector of the Commission for Social Care.
David Behan, said: “People tell us that they want to receive care that is high quality and safe. This consultation is about evolving our existing approach using what we have learnt from our comprehensive inspections to help drive further improvement in the quality and safety of care, while adapting to changes in the way services are being provided.
“Our proposals for NHS trusts are designed to enable us to be more responsive to risk and improvement while at the same time being more efficient and effective. By working more closely with partner organisations, we will reduce duplication and unnecessary burden for providers.
“We regulate over 30,000 health and adult social care providers and we set clear expectations of what good care looks like and when improvements need to be made. We will soon complete inspections of all services we rate. We know that our work is leading to better care – providers tell us our reports help identify areas for improvement, and we regularly see improvements when we re-inspect.
“Protecting the public in this way has a financial cost. The fees paid by providers enable us to fulfil our purpose of making sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care.
“The consultation proposals we have published follow the plans we set out last year to continue to meet the Treasury’s requirement to recover our chargeable costs in full from providers. It is important that we give providers and their representatives the opportunity to review and plan for any changes that affect them from April 2017.” The consultation runs until noon on 11 January 2017. To take part click here to give your views