Healthwatch England chair to step down

Sir Robert Francis QC is stepping down as our Healthwatch chair and from the Care Quality Commission Board.
Sir Robert Francis QC

After over three years in the role, Sir Robert Francis QC has announced his intention to step down in November 2022 as Chair of Healthwatch England. He will also retire from the Board of CQC board, which he joined in 2014.

Announcing his retirement, Sir Robert Francis QC said:


It has been a privilege to serve on the CQC Board and as Chair of Healthwatch England. This unique position has enabled me to raise the issues which really matter to patients, service users and those close to them.

Sir Robert will stay as Chair of Healthwatch England and as a member of the CQC board until mid November 2022. The Department of Health and Social Care will carry out the recruitment for his replacement.

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