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New head for independent sector

16th January 2007

Jon Billings has been confirmed as the Healthcare Commission’s new head of independent healthcare.

Billings, who was acting in the role since March 2006, will lead a new risk-based approach to regulating the independent sector, which is undergoing rapid change and diversification.

The Healthcare Commission currently inspects all providers against selected standards based on a risk assessment, using self-assessment and surveillance of information.

Now changes in legislation mean those performing well will be subject to less inspection, as each establishment can be inspected on a cycle of up to five years. But independent providers will still be subject to short notice or unannounced spot checks.

Formerly a diagnostic radiographer, Billings has held a number of NHS management roles and was previously in charge of the Commission’s London and South East Region operations team.

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Article Information

Title: New head for independent sector
Author: Martine Hamilton
Article Id: 1730
Date Added: 16th Jan 2007


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