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National Quality Board chairman and first members named

The newly created National Quality Board has started its recruitmentprocess, health minister Lord Darzi announced on 4 December 2008

The newly created National Quality Board has started its recruitment process, health minister Lord Darzi announced on 4 December 2008.

Four members have already been appointed from the Department of Health. These are:

  • Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS medical director
  • Dame Christine Beasley, chief nursing officer
  • Sir Liam Donaldson, chief medical officer
  • David Brehan, director general for social care, local government and care partnerships

In addition, three members with close links to the NHS have been appointed:

  • Sir Michael Rawlins, chairman of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence
  • Baroness Young, chairman of the Care Quality Commission
  • Bill Moyes, chairman of Monitor

David Nicholson, NHS chief executive, has been invited to chair the board.

The appointments commission now aims to recruit four expert representatives and four lay representatives and is inviting candidates with a broad set of skills and experience from a range of backgrounds including professional bodies, universities, industry, charities and international healthcare organisations.

The NQB was one of the commitments set out in Lord Darzi’s NHS review published earlier in 2008 (PJ, 5 July 2008, p3). The board is designed to align quality within the NHS, to deliver specific responsibilities, such as those set out in the Next Stage Review, and to assume a wider leadership role.

The first NQB meeting will be held in the spring 2008 and the board plans to meet around three times a year.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 10043393

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