Revamp threatens care jobs

Up to 50 comms jobs could be slashed when three government care commissions are closed down to make way for the new Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The Healthcare Commission (HC), the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) and the Mental Health Act Commission are to be amalgamated into the new commission by next April.

The CQC is expected to hold an open competition over the next few months for its new roles. It is not yet known how many people will be appointed. One insider suggested that the complementary strengths of the outgoing comms departments could see a large number of PROs re-housed within the new commission.

The HC currently has 28 comms members, led by head of comms and engagement Miranda Kavanagh. The CSCI employs 19 comms staff, headed by director of comms, user and public involvement, Jude MacKenzie.

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