August 7, 2008

Bower Power a Health Tonic

WEST MIdlands health chief Cynthia Bower has been headhunted to set up a national commission tackling the quality of NHS care.

Ms Bower, chief executive of the NHS West Midlands health authority, is leaving the area to launch the new Care Quality Commission, which will take over the functions of the Healthcare Commission, the Commission for Social Care Inspection and the Mental Health Act Commission.

She will oversee the regulation and registering of all health and adult social care services to ensure excellence in safety and quality of NHS and social care services when the regulatory body comes into force next April.

"I am immensely proud of my time in health and social care services in Birmingham and the West Midlands," said Ms Bower, who has spent all her working life in the region.

She has also lived in the city for the past 35 years after graduating from the University of Birmingham. attitude of the many people I have worked with in the social care and health sectors."

The move follows the appointment of Mark Britnell, former chief executive of University Hospital Trust which runs Queen Elizabeth and Selly Oak hospitals, who is now director-general for commissioning and system management for the NHS.

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