The Independent Mental Health Services Alliancewelcomes David Behan’s appointment as Chief Executive of the Care Quality Commission.

David has been deeply involved in the reform of mental health and social care at the Department of Health. This knowledge and experience will be vital in ensuring the continued delivery of the highest quality mental health services for patients.

Commenting, IMHSA Chair Alison Rose-Quirie said: “IMHSA congratulate David on his appointment as Chief Executive. He will bring a wealth of experience to the CQC at a time of major reform of the health and social care sectors. We look forward to working with David torealise our collective vision of parity of esteem across physical and mental health and ensure the delivery of excellent standards of care for patients and service users.”

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Notes to Editors:

1. For more information, please contact Gemma Stockwood on 07835770312 or 020 7227 1640

2. About IMHSA: IMHSA is a leading group of independent service providersdedicated to the delivery of improved outcomes for people with mental health problems. Members are: The Ansel Group, Care UK, Cygnet Health, Huntercombe Group, Mental Health Care UK, Partnerships in Care, St Andrew's Healthcare andThe Retreat at York. Collectively we run more than 600 settings across the country, delivering a wide range of high-quality services to adults with mental health problems.