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Odgers Berndtson & PwC Healthcare Dinner
Over 50 of the UK’s leading healthcare professionals converged on Capesthorne Hall in Cheshire last night to attend Odgers Berndtson’s annual Healthcare Dinner. The event was held in conjunction with PwC and the guest speaker was Sir Mike Richards who is Chief Inspector of Hospitals for the Care Quality Commission.
During his speech, Mike told the assembled audience about the new approach to inspection and how this is already being piloted in hospitals. He also summarised how it will be piloted in the Mental Health and Community Health services in 2014.
Mike was a hospital physician for over 20 years and, after a variety of training posts, he was a consultant medical oncologist (1986-1995) and Professor of Palliative Medicine (1995-1999) at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospitals. In 1999, Mike was appointed as the first National Cancer Director at the Department of Health and in 2007 his role was extended to incorporate end of life care.
He also led the development and implementation of the NHS Cancer Plan (2000), the Cancer Reform Strategy (2007), the End of Life Care Strategy (2008) and Improving Outcomes: A Strategy for Cancer (2011). In July 2012, Mike was appointed as Director for Reducing Premature Mortality in the NHS Commissioning Board (now NHS England). In this role, he led the development of a cardiovascular outcomes strategy and then in July 2013 he took up the post of Chief Inspector of Hospitals at the Care Quality Commission.
Sarah Lovell, Consultant in Odgers Interim’s Healthcare Practice, said: “It was great to have Mike as our keynote speaker this year. He’s one of the UK’s leading healthcare figures so his expertise and knowledge gave the audience real insight into the developments around the new approach to inspection.
Sarah added: "The next few years will see real and continuing change across the NHS and its wider services which will mean all stakeholders will have to learn and adapt with them. Given the focus around the requirements to provide safe, effective, responsive and compassionate care inspection is here to stay, so Mike’s summary was of great value and we thank him for his attendance.”