Published: 07/11/2002, Volume II2, No. 5830 Page 4

A hunt is underway to find a chief inspector for the new Commission for Healthcare Audit and Inspection.An advertisement for the£150,000 position appears in this week's HSJ.

CHAI is to take on the inspection roles currently undertaken by the Commission for Health Improvement and private health watchdog the National Care Standards Commission. It will also inherit the Audit Commission's value-formoney remit.

The successful candidate will be 'politically astute' and able to 'command respect and credibility with health professionals, ministers and patients'. CHI chief executive Peter Homa is widely regarded as a front runner for the job. However, the position is expected to attract a lot of interest, and applicants with a private-sector background 'have not been ruled out'.

An appointment is expected by the end of January. The publication of the advertisement suggests the appointment of CHAI's chair will be made soon, as they will be involved in interviewing candidates for the chief inspector role.