The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has appointed a new national professional advisor for primary care to replace Professor David Haslam, who is now the chair of NICE.
Professor Nigel Sparrow will be taking over the role advising the Commission on best practice.
Professor Sparrow is a GP in Nottingham, former Vice Chair of RCGP Council between 2004 and 2007 and is a GP trainer and appraiser.
He has previously been a deputy GP Dean and is a visiting professor of general practice at the University of Lincoln.
Professor Sparrow, who described himself as “very pleased” with his new appointment, is currently the medical director for revalidation at the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).
He said: “The Commission has a vital role to play in improving and maintaining the quality of health and social care across all healthcare sectors including general practice.
“I look forward to using my experience in the profession to further facilitate the work that the CQC has been doing with general practice as they begin the task of regulating the sector.”