The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has appointed five new commissioners to the board, with the aim of “strengthening” the organisation.
CQC believes the appointment of Louis Appleby, Camilla Cavendish, Paul Corrigan, Jennifer Dixon and Michael Mire will make the regulatory body more independent.
The new appointments have skillsets ranging from offender health and financial services to training of clinicians.
David Prior, CQC chair said this is a “critical time” for the future direction of CQC as they aim to implement new and better ways of working.
He said: “I recognised when I joined CQC that a priority was to strengthen the board so that commissioners could provide effective support and challenge to the chief executive and his executive team.
“The appointment of these five board members who have a huge range of experience between them will help us become a world class regulator of health and social care. I am delighted they are joining us.”
Dr Jennifer Dixon is chief executive of the Nuffield Trust and has just completed a review into ratings for health and social care.
She is a former member of the Healthcare Commission board, a former advisor to the NHS chief executive, and the former director of policy at the Kings Fund. She is also a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians.
Award-winning journalist Camilla Cavendish, the associate editor of the Sunday Times, is leading the Cavendish Review into the training and support of healthcare assistants.
And Professor Louis Appleby, currently national clinical director for offender health, was national director for mental health from 2000-2010.
He is professor of psychiatry at the University of Manchester and developed the national suicide prevention strategy for England.
Paul Corrigan is a former health policy advisor to Tony Blair and former special advisor to Alan Milburn and John Reid. He is adjunct professor at Imperial College Institute of Global Health.
Michael Mire is currently a senior partner at McKinsey & Company, where he has over 30 years of experience. He has focused on retailing, financial services and transformation. He is retiring from McKinsey this year.