Chair appointment at HQIP

Published: 23 Nov 2020

The Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) has appointed Professor Carrie MacEwen as the new chair of its trustee board.

A consultant ophthalmologist, Carrie is a specialty adviser to the Chief Medical Officer & Scottish Government and the clinical co-lead for ophthalmology for Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT), the national quality improvement project to reduce unwarranted variation to improve patient care and costs of delivering care.

Carrie is the immediate past Chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) and a Past President of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. She is also an existing trustee of Moorfields Eye Charity and a member of the Council of the University of Exeter. She has published and contributed to several books and over 170 papers in peer-reviewed journals on ophthalmology, system changes in clinical systems and leadership.

Carrie replaces Professor Dame Donna Kinnair, chief executive and general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing who was named this month as the sixth most influential black person in Britain. Donna is stepping down as HQIP chair to concentrate fully on leading the nursing profession through the Covid-19 pandemic.

Commenting on the announcement, HQIP chief executive, Jane Ingham said: “I extend my deepest thanks to Donna for her dedication and support over the past three years. It was an honour and a privilege to have her at the helm, not least as the voice of nursing at HQIP during the first International Year of the Nurse and Midwife.

“We’re delighted to welcome Carrie who will add considerably to the diverse skills and experiences of our Board of Trustees. Like the rest of our trustees, Carrie is driven by a deep commitment to improving the safety, outcomes and experiences of patients.”

Carrie said: “I look forward to working with my fellow trustees at a time when our work has never been more crucial. Covid-19 has elevated the status of clinical audit, quality improvement and data-driven decision making. I welcome the challenge of guiding the organisation through the coming months and years, making sure that patients and their families are at the heart of everything we do.”

HQIP is an independent organisation which aims to promote quality in healthcare, and in particular to increase the impact that clinical audit has on healthcare quality improvement. It is commissioned by NHS England and the Welsh Government to deliver the national clinical audit and patient outcomes programme which supports those who commission, deliver and receive health care to measure and improve services.

Carrie’s appointment was confirmed at HQIP’s annual general meeting last week (Tues 17 Nov).


Notes to editors

The Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) is led by a consortium of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, the Royal College of Nursing and National Voices. Its aim is to promote quality improvement in patient outcomes, and in particular, to increase the impact that clinical audit, outcome review programmes and registries have on healthcare quality in England and Wales.

HQIP holds the contract to commission, manage and develop the National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme (NCAPOP), comprising around 40 projects covering care provided to people with a wide range of medical, surgical and mental health conditions. The programme is funded by NHS England, the Welsh Government and, with some individual projects, other devolved administrations and crown dependencies.