The chief inspector of adult social care at the Care Quality Commission has announced she will step down from her role at the end of the year.
Following five years at the regulator, Andrea Sutcliffe is set join the Nursing and Midwifery Council as chief executive and registrar in January 2019.
A CQC spokesperson confirmed that the recruitment process to replace Ms Sutcliffe would begin shortly.
Ms Sutcliffe was given a CBE in the 2018 New Year’s Honours List for more than 30 years of public service.
She said: “It has been a great privilege to be the first chief inspector of Adult Social Care and I would like to thank everyone for their support.
“Working with colleagues across the organisation, past and present, and in co-production with the public, providers and our partners, we have achieved a great deal in the last five years.
“There will always be more to do, but I know that the strong team I work with will continue to drive improvement for people who use services.”
CQC chief executive Ian Trenholm said he was “very sorry” to see Ms Sutcliffe leave but “delighted” she was leaving for “such an exciting and influential new role”.
“Her commitment to ensuring the voice of people who use services is heard has been instrumental in driving improvements in care and she has helped to push the challenges faced by the sector into the public consciousness,” he said.