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New nursing director to join Doncaster and Bassetlaw

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has appointed a new director of nursing, midwifery and quality.

Richard Parker will join the trust in September from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, where he is currently deputy chief operating officer. 

He previously worked at two of the trust’s hospitals – Doncaster Royal Infirmary and Mexborough Montagu Hospital – for two-and-a-half years during the 1990s.

Mr Parker qualified in 1985 and went on to specialise in intensive care nursing.

He was appointed deputy chief nurse at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust in 2005 and has been deputy chief operating officer there since 2010. 

Doncaster and Bassetlaw said in a statement that Mr Parker had a special interest in “ways of ensuring that nurse staffing levels are safe, appropriate and provide high-quality patient care”, noting that he had written a dissertation on acuity, patient dependency and safe staffing levels. 

Regarding his appointment, Mr Parker said: “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,” he said.

Mr Parker’s was appointment follows the retirement of the trust’s previous director of nursing, Hilary Bond. 

Doncaster and Bassetlaw chief executive Mike Pinkerton said: “His passion for quality of care and innovative, cutting-edge practice in nursing and midwifery is clear.”

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