A nurse has been appointed as the new chief operating officer at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
A qualified nurse who has worked at the FT since 2008, David Purdue has been acting chief operating officer since the departure of the previous postholder last month.
His role will see him take overall charge of the delivery of the majority of clinical services and care, ensuring that services run smoothly and efficiently. He will also manage capacity and demand and key performance indicators.
The trust also appointed a new director of nursing earlier this month.
Mr Purdue said: “I’m very much looking forward to working with the trust’s clinical directors to continue improving services for patients.
“One of my top priorities is to improve patient pathways so that we can make sure patients are seen in the right place first time.”
He qualified from Nottingham University in 1990, worked in cardiology at Queen’s Medical Centre and then did a specialist course in coronary care at City Hospital.
During a second spell at Queen’s, Mr Purdue set up a number of cardiac nurse-led services before going on to work at national level on the implementation of the national service framework for the treatment of coronary heart disease and then at the NHS Modernisation Agency.
He returned to hospital life in 2004 as clinical nurse manager for cardiothoracics at City Hospital.
After the merger of City Hospital and Queen’s Medical Centre in 2007, he took on a role managing the emergency department and emergency admissions units across both Nottingham sites.
He joined Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in October 2008, initially as divisional nurse manager for medicine.
Since 2010, he has been associate director of performance and overseen the development of an integrated discharge service across Doncaster.
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