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Chris Dzikiti Appointed as Interim Chief Inspector of Healthcare at the CQC

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has announced the appointment of Chris Dzikiti as the Interim Chief Inspector of Healthcare, effective from May 2024. This key appointment reflects the CQC’s commitment to ensuring high standards of healthcare and patient safety across England.

Chris joined the CQC as the Director of Mental Health in October 2022. His promotion to Interim Chief Inspector of Healthcare underscores his extensive experience and dedication to healthcare service delivery, commissioning, and transformation. With over 20 years of experience in the healthcare sector, Chris brings a wealth of knowledge and leadership to his new role.

A registered mental health nurse, Chris has a distinguished career marked by significant contributions to healthcare improvement. Before his tenure at the CQC, he served as the Deputy Director of NHS England’s national retention program, where he played a pivotal role in addressing workforce challenges. His leadership as a Programme Director for mental health service transformation in London further showcased his ability to drive meaningful change in complex healthcare environments.

From 2017 to 2021, Chris expanded his expertise on a global scale, working as a healthcare consultant for Health Education England in India. In this role, he provided technical support for mental health services, demonstrating his commitment to enhancing healthcare systems internationally.

Beyond his professional achievements, Chris is dedicated to mentoring and coaching young people from minority ethnic backgrounds. His commitment to fostering diversity and inclusion within the healthcare sector is a testament to his holistic approach to leadership and development.

As the Interim Chief Inspector of Healthcare, Chris Dzikiti will lead the CQC’s efforts to regulate and inspect health and social care services, ensuring they meet the highest standards of quality and safety. His leadership is expected to bring a renewed focus on patient-centred care, transparency, and accountability within the sector.

Chris’s appointment has been met with enthusiasm from healthcare professionals and stakeholders, who recognise his dedication to improving patient care and fostering collaborative relationships within the healthcare community. His vision for innovation and strategic improvement is anticipated to drive significant advancements in healthcare quality and service delivery.

In accepting his new role, Chris expressed his commitment to the CQC’s mission: “I am honoured to take on this role at such a critical time for healthcare. I look forward to working with our dedicated teams to ensure that every patient receives the highest standard of care.”

Chris Dzikiti’s leadership promises to inspire confidence and drive progress, benefiting patients and healthcare professionals across the country. HLTH Group looks forward to the positive impact of his contributions in the coming months.