Published: 05/12/2002, Volume112 No. 5834 Page 5

The shadow chair of the Commission for Healthcare Audit and Inspection was formally announced this week, as the deadline fell for applications for the post of chief inspector.

Professor Sir Ian Kennedy was announced as shadow chair on Monday, while last Friday was the closing date for applications for the£150,000 inspection role. Sir Ian's appointment was made by the Appointments Commission.

Commission for Healthcare Improvement chief executive Dr Peter Homa remains widely regarded as the front runner for the job leading the body combining the work of CHI, the National Care Standards Commission and the Audit Commission's valuefor-money remit.

Other names thought likely to apply include Peter Wilkinson, Audit Commission director of health strategy; Jan Filochowski, currently chief executive of zerostar Royal United Hospital Bath trust, and credited with turning round performance at Medway trust; Andrew Vallance-Owen, group medical director of BUPA;

and Ron Kerr, chief executive of the National Care Standards Commission. Candidates may also come from other public services with a longer history of scrutiny, such as education.

The appointment is expected by the end of January.