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Orkney NHS appoints experienced nurse as new director

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A nurse with experience of mental health, theatres and the armed forces has been appointed as NHS Orkney’s new director of nursing, midwifery and allied health professionals.

David McArthur has worked for the health board since 2016 as its practice development manager in theatres, during which time had been credited with being a “positive influence on care standards across the professions”.

“David is an experienced and influential leader”

Cathie Cowan

Prior to taking up appointment in the Balfour Hospital, he was the chief executive for Trefoil House, an international charity based in Edinburgh.

He trained and practiced initially as a psychiatric nurse in Glasgow in the early 1980s before training as a general nurse. He is an operating theatre and acute care specialist by background.

Mr McArthur has worked in a variety of settings and has deployed on a number of occasions as an army reservist to Afghanistan and Iraq. His last deployment was as the commanding officer of the hospital in Camp Bastion in 2010.

Currently, he is the head of the Army Medical Services Reserve, holding the rank of brigadier and Queen’s honorary nurse. Until recently he was the military medical liaison officer to the Scottish government.

He said: “I am really looking forward to getting to grips with my new role. The development of our new hospital and healthcare facility means this a really exciting time to be part of NHS Orkney.

NHS Orkney

Orkney NHS appoints experienced nurse as new director

David McArthur

“Our nurses, midwives and AHPs provide the highest level of care and meet the challenges of working in a remote and rural location with skill and good humour,” he said.

Health board chief executive Cathie Cowan said: “I am delighted that David has accepted the post of director of nursing, midwifery and allied health professionals.

“David has worked with us for just under two years and during this time he has made a substantial contribution to services here in NHS Orkney,” he said. “David is an experienced and influential leader.

“His combined strong clinical background, third sector and MoD including Scottish government experience will be of huge value as we work more with partner organisations to deliver care and services,” he said.

“He will be a great asset as we prepare for the move into the new hospital and healthcare facility and beyond,” added Mr McArthur.

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