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Chief professional officers

The Department currently has six chief professional officers. Chief professional officers are leaders in their professions and provide the Department with expert knowledge about health and social care disciplines. They advise DH health ministers, other government departments and the Prime Minister.

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Organisations that work with DH

How the Department of Health, the NHS and social care work together to oversee the smooth running and direction of the system.

Care Quality Commission (opens new window)

The Care Quality Commission was established by the Health and Social Care Act 2008 to regulate the quality of health and social care and look after the interests of people detained under the Mental Health Act. From April 2009, it brings together the work of the Commission for Social Care Inspection, the Healthcare Commission, and the Mental Health Act Commission.

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