The Department of Health has announced the 12 expert and lay members of the national quality board.
The board, which will guide work on improving the quality of care in the NHS, will meet for the first time on 30 March.
Clinical expert members
Royal College of Psychiatrists research and training unit director Paul Lelliott
Royal College of Physicians president Ian Gilmore
GP and head of Quest Sir John Oldham
Royal College of GPs president David Haslam
Healthcare Foundation chief executive Stephen Thornton
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals chief nurse Hilary Scholefield
Stroke Association vice president Margaret Goose
Turning Point chief executive Lord Adebowale
King’s College London senior research fellow in patient and public involvement Sally Brearley
Carers UK trustee Don Brereton
Disability Matters chief executive Stephen Duckworth
Dr Foster Intelligence executive board chair Tim Kelsey
The previously announced members of the board are NHS chief executive David Nicholson, NHS medical director Sir Bruce Keogh, chief nursing officer Christine Beasley, chief medical officer Sir Liam Donaldson, director general for social care David Behan, Care Quality Commission chair Baroness Young, Monitor executive chair Bill Moyes and National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence chair Sir Mike Rawlins.
Role of the quality board
The board’s roles will include agreeing quality improvement aims and overseeing the reforms aimed at improving care.
Meanwhile, medical directors are being appointed for each strategic health authority.
Sir Bruce said he would meet with them regularly, with the national clinical directors, to co-ordinate clinical leadership. The regional medical directors would feed back on issues raised by medical leaders in their trusts.
“We want to be able to respond to [issues raised] and put policy in place that enables people to do what they need to do to improve services,” he said.