The Department of Health’s (DH) director general of social care, David Behan (pictured
), has been named as the new chief executive of the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
He will leave the DH to take up the new role in July. It comes after Cynthia Bower announced she was standing down as head of the CQC earlier this year.
Shaun Gallagher, currently director of social care policy, will temporarily fill Behan’s role at the DH until an open competition for the post is held.
Behan joined the DH in 2006, and was previously the first chief inspector of the Commission for Social Care Inspection.
Health secretary Andrew Lansley said: “David will take his wealth of experience of health and social care to a vital role – making sure that not only are patients and service users getting high quality care, but that their dignity and experience is as important as their treatment and care.”
Behan added: “I am delighted to have been given this opportunity to lead the organisation that takes action where services are poor and unsafe, whilst providing assurance that our health and care services achieve quality and outcomes for people which are amongst the best in the world.”