Sir David Behan has announced that he will be stepping down from his role as chief executive of the CQC.
Sir David will remain in his role until the summer to allow time for a successor to be appointed.
“It’s been an immense privilege to serve the public by leading CQC, and I am incredibly proud of what we have achieved,” Sir David said.
“We’ve inspected every hospital, adult social care provider and GP practice in the country – over 28,000 services and providers – and in the process developed a baseline on quality that is unique anywhere in the world.
“Our annual State of Care publication is recognised as an authoritative overview of the quality of England’s health and care services, and the National Audit Office recently recognised the progress we have made as an organisation.”
Sir David said he felt it was now time to move on and allow someone else to take CQC to the next stage of its development.
Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, said Sir David has been an “exceptional leader” who deserved great credit for overhauling healthcare organisation and putting quality and safety at the heart of the ratings system.
Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, said: “Sir David has been at the helm of CQC, and a strong leader in this sector, for a significant amount of time. Long enough to put a stamp on the sector and lay the foundations for a system based on proportionate regulation. He is a very fair and principled man who will be missed by the sector.”
NCF executive director Vic Rayner said Sir David had made an “outstanding contribution to social care”.
Vic added: “It is critical that the new leadership of CQC comes with a solid understanding of both social care and health. The value of the regulator understanding the potential of integrated systems was recognised in their local systems reviews of social care and health systems. Sir David has recognised this important role and his knowledge and experience of both elements of the system has been instrumental in shaping CQCs understanding of what good integrated provision should both look like and crucially deliver.”