Nigel Acheson

Deputy Chief Inspector and Responsible Officer
Care Quality Commission


Nigel is deputy chief inspector and responsible officer at the Care Quality Commission, and Patron of the FORCE cancer charity in Exeter. With operational responsibility for the regulation of NHS and independent healthcare providers across London and the South of England he has experience of governance and leadership in a wide range of healthcare settings.

Appointed as a consultant gynaecological oncologist in 2002 he built a national profile through contributions to this specialist area, holding leadership roles in the British Gynaecological Cancer Society, the British Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology, publication of a reference text book, research and as a lead for the Department of Health Enhanced Recovery programme.

Following three years as a cancer network medical director Nigel was appointed to the role of Regional Medical Director and Responsible Officer in NHS England from 2013-2018.

With experience of working across organisational and professional boundaries he has extensive experience of commissioning and regulation across the increasingly complex architecture of commissioning and healthcare provision.

Nigel was awarded a Doctorate in Medicine for his research into tumour growth following surgical intervention in ovarian cancer. He holds qualifications in patient safety and risk management, is an affiliated member of the Chartered Governance Institute and was awarded Founding Senior Fellowship of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management in 2017.

Twitter: @AchesonNigel