Richard hamblin

Commission appoints Director of Health Quality Evaluation

4 Nov 2011

The Health Quality & Safety Commission has appointed Richard Hamblin as its new Director of Health Quality Evaluation.

Richard is based in the United Kingdom and will start in his new role with the Commission at the end of January 2012.

Chief Executive Dr Janice Wilson says the Commission is fortunate to secure someone of Mr Hamblin’s calibre.

“We’ve conducted an extensive search for someone with the right mix of health knowledge and leadership expertise, and I’m delighted that Richard is coming to work with us,” she says.

“Having access to the right information, and understanding it, is vital to identifying the areas New Zealand needs to improve in.”

His first tasks in his new role will be to prepare the New Zealand Report of Healthcare Variation, and developing quality and safety measures.  

Richard Hamblin is currently employed as the Director of Intelligence at the Care Quality Commission in the UK, the largest health and social care information and analysis department in the UK.  He has previously worked for the Healthcare Commission, the Commission for Health Improvement and the King’s Fund in London, and is a former Harkness Fellow.

“I’m looking forward to helping the Health Quality & Safety Commission make a real difference to quality and safety in New Zealand’s health sector,” he says.

Last updated 27/02/2012