Mencap chief joins health watchdog

Jo Williams, the outgoing chief executive of Mencap, has been named as one of the first three commissioners for health and social care watchdog the Care Quality Commission.

Williams, who recently announced that she is standing down from her role at the learning disability charity in October, will take up her post with the commission immediately, and will serve as a commissioner for two days a month for the next four years. She has been chief executive of Mencap for the past five years.

The other commissioners announced today are Deirdre Kelly, professor of paediatric hepatology at Birmingham Children's Hospital, and Lord Patel of Bradford, chair of the Mental Health Act Commission. Three more commissioners will be named shortly.

The commission - formed to replace three other health watchdogs - becomes a legal entity in October this year, and begins work in April 2009.

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