• Paul Lelliott planning to leave at end of summer
  • Has been CQC’s lead for mental health inspection for five years
  • Is leaving to go travelling

The Care Quality Commission’s lead for mental health inspection has announced his intention to step down, HSJ can reveal.

Paul Lelliott, who has been deputy chief inspector and the CQC’s lead for mental health inspection for five years, is set to leave the organisation at the end of summer.

In a statement, the CQC said Dr Lelliott was leaving to go travelling, having interspersed his working life with travel.

A former consultant psychiatrist, Dr Lelliot was appointed to the role in January 2014 when the mental health inspection programme was launched.

He is currently leading the CQC’s thematic review into the use of restraint, seclusion and segregation for people with mental health, learning disabilities and/or autism. 

In a statement, Dr Lelliott said: “There is no doubt that CQC has played a part in encouraging mental health services to improve over the last few years and I am confident that this focus will continue following my departure from the organisation later this year.

“The next few months will be a busy period with the upcoming interim report of our review into restraint, seclusion and segregation and ongoing work to strengthen our assessment of mental health services.

“These projects, in addition to our ongoing regulatory work are important means to help us ensure that we are getting it right for people with mental health conditions, learning disabilities and autism who may need to access hospital at some point in their lives. There is much more to do – and I will continue committing to this work until the day I go.”