Cancer charity FORCE names new patron

Dr Nigel Acheson is the new Patron of Exeter-based FORCE Cancer Charity, it has been confirmed this morning.

He becomes the fourth patron since the charity was established – after former diplomat Sir Anthony Parsons, FORCE co-founder Chris Rowland and Martin Cooper, the former Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust Medical Director who died last year.

“It is an enormous privilege to become Patron of FORCE,” said Dr Acheson, who will also continue as a trustee of the charity which supports anyone locally affected by cancer.

Dr Acheson is Deputy Chief Inspector of Hospitals for the Care Quality Commission, which regulates health and social care in England.

He is responsible for the delivery of the CQC hospital inspection programme across London and the South of England.

Before that, he was Regional Medical Director for NHS England’s South Region, which stretches from Cornwall to Kent and covers a population of 13.4 million.

He trained in Birmingham and moved to Exeter in 2004 as a consultant gynaecological oncologist to work alongside John Renninson and his team in building the RD&E’s gynaecological cancer service.

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