We welcome the appointment of Baroness Young as the shadow chair of the Care Quality Commission, writes John Dixon

She has vast experience of public service across a range of agencies encompassing regulation, health and social care. The recruitment process has been rigorous.

It is vital the new regulator, which merges the predecessor commissions covering healthcare, social care and mental health, is led by someone with the background to command the confidence of all the stakeholders. Baroness Young brings with her not only strategic and management expertise in the NHS but has also had responsibility for the setting up of mental health programmes and services for people with learning difficulties, working jointly with local authorities.

Baroness Young has reiterated her commitment to placing users, carers and families at the heart of the new commission.

I am sure from across the health and social care sector the new chair will find a warm welcome and readiness to work closely with the CQC to lock in the gains already made and to derive the maximum possible benefit for individuals from the newly integrated commission.

John Dixon, president, Association of Directors of Adult Social Services