Health watchdog CHAI appoints comms chief

The Commission for Healthcare Audit and Inspection (CHAI), the newly created health watchdog, has appointed Stacey Adams as head of communications.

Adams will join the body, which currently exists in shadow form and will launch on 1 April, from a similar role at the NHS Health Development Agency, which she joined six months after its launch in April 2000.

CHAI will replace the existing independent NHS monitoring body, the Commission for Health Improvement (CHI), and encompass the health interests of the National Care Standards Commission and the Audit Commission. It is also expected to take over the functions of the Mental Health Act Commission.

As PRWeek went to press, CHI’s 24-strong comms team were awaiting confirmation of their roles in the new organisation. CHI acting director of comms Graham Capper and Rebecca Grey, who has been leading the CHAI ‘transition team’ on external comms, will both join CHAI, reporting to Adams.

In a statement, Adams said she aimed to build CHAI’s reputation as a ‘trustworthy, impartial’ inspectorate.

She was formerly head of comms at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund.

and has also worked at Unicef and the BBC, where she was an executive TV producer

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