Professor Sir Mike Richards

Sir Mike was a hospital physician for over 20 years. After a variety of training posts he was a Consultant Medical Oncologist (1986-1995) and Professor of Palliative Medicine (1995-1999) at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospitals.

In 1999 he was appointed as the first National Cancer Director at the Department of Health. In 2007 his role was extended to incorporate end of life care. He led the development and implementation of the NHS Cancer Plan (2000), the Cancer Reform Strategy (2007), the End of Life Care Strategy (2008) and Improving Outcomes: A Strategy for Cancer (2011).

In July 2012 Sir Mike was appointed as Director for Reducing Premature Mortality in the NHS Commissioning Board (now NHS England). In this role he led the development of a cardiovascular outcomes strategy.

In July 2013 he took up the post of Chief Inspector of Hospitals at the Care Quality Commission. He was appointed CBE in 2001 and was awarded a Knighthood in 2010.

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