The Care Quality Commission has appointed Professor Steve Field to take on the new post of chief inspector of general practice.
As part of his position the former Royal College of General Practitioners' chair will have the responsibility for the inspection and regulation of those in GP jobs and ensuring that health and adult social care services work together effectively.
Professor Field will also be in charge of introducing a ratings system for registered primary care providers, making judgements about the quality of care provided and championing the interests of patients.
He is currently the NHS Commissioning Board's deputy medical director and former chair of the NHS Future Forum, which was set up by the government in order to review the Health and Social Care Act and make expert recommendations on its effectiveness and how it could be improved.
Discussing his new appointment, Professor Field said in a statement that he was thrilled to be made the first chief inspector of general practice in England.
He added: "I see this as a wonderful opportunity to highlight what's good in general practice and dentistry, and to shine a light on what isn't. It's an opportunity to make sure that all organisations are encouraged to live up to the standards of the best.
"I have had a long-standing commitment to address health inequalities and this role will enable me to ensure that primary medical services put this increasingly important issue high on their agendas."
Professor Field went on to say that the role would also allow him to focus on better integrating health and care services.
Plans to introduce a chief inspector role to look at the quality of care in general practice was announced earlier this year by health secretary Jeremy Hunt.
Pulse Today reports that the appointment follows news that 23 per cent of GP practices were found not to comply with at least one of the CQC's essential standards in an investigation of 283 primary medical service providers completed earlier this month.
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