The National Clinical Assessment Authority, the health watchdog set
up in the aftermath of the Dr Harold Shipman trial, has named its first
director of communications.
Currently head of press and parliamentary affairs at the British Dental
Association, Kate Cinamon has been seconded by the NHS to head
communications for its first six months.
Cinamon will report to the authority's medical director Alastair
Scotland and chair Jane Wesson and has a brief to put in place a full
The NCAA has been charged with monitoring doctors, providing a fast
response to concerns about performance. It also gives training and
support to doctors and may cover dentists in the future.
It was set up following the murder trial of Dr Harold Shipman, who is
believed to have killed as many as 345 of his patients, and concerns
raised in the Chief Medical Officer's report 'Supporting Doctors,
Protecting Patients', about the way complaints regarding doctors are
Cinamon said: 'I am very much looking forward to the challenge of
working for a high-profile body whose role is to ensure the public have
the highest possible trust in the medical profession.
'It will also be exciting to be involved with the authority from its
first day of operation and to play an integral role in the way it
communicates to the NHS, the professions and the public,' she added.
Cinamon has been in her role at the BDA for six years and takes up the
secondment on 1 April, the day the authority starts operating.
BDA press and parliamentary officers Anjuli Veall and Jo Tanner will
have increased duties in Cinamon's absence. Media consultant and dentist
Dr Jacinta Teo is also being brought in for the next six months, as is a
yet-to-be-appointed press and parliamentary assistant.