• CQC appoints new lead for mental health services
  • Kevin Cleary, quality improvement lead for a district health board in New Zealand, will start in September
  • Takes over from Paul Lelliott, who is leaving after five years in post

The Care Quality Commission has appointed a quality and safety leader from New Zealand to head up its inspection of mental health services.

Kevin Cleary, a quality improvement lead for mental health at the largest district health board in New Zealand, has been appointed as deputy chief inspector and mental health lead for the CQC.

He will take over from Paul Lelliott in September. Dr Lelliott, who is due to leave the CQC at the end of August to go travelling, has held the post for five years.

Dr Cleary, who trained as a psychiatrist in New Zealand, has previously worked as executive medical director at North Middlesex University Hospitals Trust and chief medical officer for East London Foundation Trust.

He also worked as a consultant child and adolescent forensic psychiatrist at West London Mental Health Trust.

In a statement, Ted Baker, chief inspector for hospitals at the CQC, said: “I am delighted that Kevin will be joining CQC to lead on mental health. As well as his clinical background in mental health services he will bring a wealth of national and international clinical and leadership experience and an excellent track record in patient safety and quality improvement.”

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