A DIRECTOR of Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals Foundation Trust is to retire after a 40-year career in the NHS.
Dearne Valley-born Joe Brayford will leave his post as Director of Human Resources on March 31.
After starting his career at Barnsley Hospital in 1972, he moved to Doncaster in 1983 to work for the town’s Health Authority.
By 1991, he was appointed Director of Human Resources when Doncaster Royal Infirmary and Montagu Hospital became one of the country’s first hospital trusts.
He has since overseen the staffing and constitutional aspects of merging with the acute services element of Bassetlaw Hospital.
Mr Brayford has also been responsible for training and education, including the libraries, the Clinical Simulation Centre at Montagu Hospital, employee services and occupational health.
He said: “I have had a fulfilling career, working with and for five of the best chief executives in the NHS, four of whom went on to be knighted. But after 40 years in the NHS, I’ve earned a rest.
“At some stage, I will do some consultancy or locum work, but first I’ll take a break.”
Trust chairman Chris Scholey said: “Joe has been an exceptional and key member of the executive team.
“His expertise and outstanding knowledge in the HR field is second to none and he will be a hard act to follow.
“On behalf of the trust, we wish him all the best for the future.”