Health trust appoints new boss

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The health trust that runs Doncaster Royal Infirmary, Bassetlaw Hospitals and Montagu Hospital in Mexborough has appointed a new Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Quality to its board.

Richard Parker will join Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust this autumn from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, where he is currently Deputy Chief Operating Officer.

Richard has over 30 years’ experience as a nurse and having spent most of his career in Yorkshire and the surrounding areas he may be a familiar face to many in the Trust – he worked at Doncaster Royal Infirmary and Mexborough Montagu Hospital for two-and-a-half years in the 1990s.

Richard began his career as a student nurse at Sheffield School of Nursing in 1982, qualifying as a registered general nurse in 1985. After working as a staff nurse at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, he specialised in intensive care nursing undertaking the English National Board General Intensive Care Course (ENB 100) at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham and then working in Leeds as a charge nurse in intensive care.

He joined Doncaster and Montagu Hospitals in 1992 as a clinical nurse specialist in intensive care and was promoted six months later to become Assistant Associate Manager of Anaesthetics and Theatre Services.

Since then, Richard has worked in senior nursing and clinical management roles at Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Royal Hospital and Sheffield.

He was appointed Deputy Chief Nurse at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals in 2005 and has continued in the Chief Nurse / Chief Operating Officer’s team as Deputy Chief Operating Officer since 2010.

His new role as Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Quality at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals involves taking executive responsibility for the quality of care provided to patients and providing professional leadership to the Trust’s 4,000 nurses, midwives and healthcare support workers.

“I am absolutely delighted to have been appointed as Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Quality,” said Richard. “The Trust has a proud history, a good reputation and a solid nursing base which means that there is a lot of potential to take the nursing and midwifery teams even further.

“I plan to concentrate my efforts on the issues which really matter to patients and the staff so that we can constantly improve the quality and safety of the care we provide. I can’t wait to get started in my new role and am very much looking forward to meeting the staff, governors and volunteers and learning more about the work which is happening at the Trust.”

Richard is expected to take up his post in September. He was appointed following a competitive open recruitment process after the retirement of the Trust’s previous Director of Nursing, Hilary Bond.

The Trust appointed an Acting Director of Nursing in January, pending appointment of a permanent successor.