Professor Sir Mike Richards was a hospital physician for more than 20 years. After a variety of training posts, he was a consultant medical oncologist between 1986 and 1995, and Professor of Palliative Medicine at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospitals between 1995 and 1999.
In 1999 Sir Mike was appointed as the first National Cancer Director at the Department of Health. He led the development and implementation of the NHS Cancer Plan in 2000, the Cancer Reform Strategy in 2007 and Improving Outcomes: A strategy for cancer in 2011.
He became CQC’s first Chief Inspector of Hospitals in July 2013 and led the development and implementation of a new approach to hospital inspection. Sir Mike retired from this role at the end of July 2017.
Sir Mike was awarded a CBE in 2001 and appointed a Knight Bachelor in 2010.
He has recently led two major reviews for NHS England: A review of adult screening services (published 2019) and a review of diagnostic services (published October 2020of children’s cancer services for NHS England (2020). This recommends a major expansion of diagnostic capacity and a new model of service delivery.