• Henrietta Hughes, a GP, is appointed as nation whistleblowing guardian
  • Follows quick departure of the previous recruit

The Care Quality Commission has appointed a new whistleblowing guardian, after the first recruit resigned within two months in post.

The CQC today said it had appointed Henrietta Hughes for the role, whose formal title is national guardian for speaking up freely and safely.

Dr Hughes is a practising GP and the medical director for NHS England’s North Central and East London area team.

She is the second appointee to the position, and is significantly less well known than her predecessor, Dame Eileen Sills, who was the first person to hold the new role, but resigned after less than two months.

Dame Eileen tried to combine the role with her post as chief nurse at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust. After she quit in March she said she had realised this was “not possible”.

Dr Hughes is expected to take up the position in October, working four days a week and on a salary of £105,040.

Her role will involve leading and advising on a network of local “freedom to speak up guardians”.

The national guardian role was created following an independent review in February 2015 which looked at whistleblowing in the NHS.