CQC appoints Dr Kevin Cleary as new Deputy Chief Inspector of Hospitals and lead for mental health

The Care Quality Commission has appointed Kevin Cleary as Deputy Chief Inspector of Hospitals and lead for mental health.

Dr Cleary’s most recent post has been Deputy Director of Mental Health and Quality Improvement Lead for Mental Health at New Zealand’s largest District Health Board, Waitemata District Health Board. He will join CQC in September where he will report to the Chief Inspector of Hospitals, Professor Ted Baker.

Ted Baker said: “I am delighted that Kevin will be joining CQC to lead on mental health. As well as his clinical background in mental health services he will bring a wealth of national and international clinical and leadership experience and an excellent track record in patient safety and quality improvement.”

Kevin will take up the post following Dr Paul Lelliott’s departure from CQC. Kevin’s appointment was made following open competition.

Kevin trained in New Zealand and has held a number of posts in the UK, as Chief Medical Officer at East London Foundation NHS Trust, Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Medical Director at North Middlesex University Hospital and Medical Director at the National Patient Safety Agency.

Prior to that Kevin held clinical posts at West London Mental Health NHS Trust between 1997 and 2007 as a Consultant Child and Adolescent Forensic Psychiatrist