Care standards watchdog hunts for comms chief

The newly-created watchdog to monitor standards in social care is

looking to appoint its first head of communications.

The National Care Standards Commission, which becomes fully operational

in April next year, is looking for a director of policy performance and

communication to co-ordinate PR work.

The watchdog has been allocated a budget of pounds 100m and will employ

2,500 staff mostly to monitor care homes for the elderly, children's

homes and private and voluntary hospitals.

The director will develop a communications strategy, put in place a team

and produce regular updates on the quality of care in Britain.

The PR director is one of a raft of senior posts the commission is

looking to fill, including 14 other directors and a chief executive.

The commission is headed by chair Anne Parker, who was appointed earlier

this year.

Media work in the interim is being handled by the social care

communications team at the Department of Health.

NCSC, which also regulates nursing, fostering, adoption and independent

medical agencies, was set up under the Care Standards Act 2000.

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