Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has appointed its nursing director, Richard Parker, to become its new chief executive.
Working in the health service for over 30 years, Mr Parker has served as the trust’s director of nursing, midwifery and quality since October 2013.
“As the director of nursing, my focus has been on ensuring we deliver safe, effective and quality services”
The trust credited him with having overseen significant improvements to the organisation’s overall performance, helping to significantly develop the quality of clinical services.
It also described him as having a “canny ability to listen to and motivate staff”. Once in his new role, Mr Parker pledged to continue to prioritise “safe, effective and quality services”.
However, he will also be faced with trying to turn around the trust’s struggling financial position. It is forecasting a year-end deficit of £30m, excluding £17m of sustainability and transformation funding.
In addition, in March last year, accounts at the trust were found to have been misreported for at least 15 months, triggering the resignation of its finance director.
“He has shown a canny ability to listen to and motivate staff, and focus on patient need”
Spending almost his career in Yorkshire, Mr Parker qualified as a registered general nurse in 1985, before specialising in intensive care at Sheffield Northern General Hospital and Leeds General Infirmary.
He joined Doncaster and Montagu Hospitals in 1992 as a clinical nurse specialist for intensive care, then becoming assistant associate manager of anaesthetics and theatre services.
Later, he worked in senior nursing and clinical management roles at Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Royal Hospital.
In 2002, Mr Parker was appointed as director of nursing for critical care, anaesthesia and operating services at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, becoming deputy chief nurse in 2005 and then chief operating officer in 2013.
Speaking about his appointment, he said: “I am absolutely delighted to have been appointed chief executive of Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals.
“I look forward to leading the trust into, what promises to be, an exciting new chapter as a teaching hospital,” he said.
Trust promotes nursing director to chief executive
“As the director of nursing, my focus has been on ensuring that we deliver safe, effective and quality services for the people of Doncaster, Bassetlaw and beyond, and this will continue as I assume the wider responsibilities of chief executive,” he added.
Mr Parker succeeds the trust’s previous chief executive, Mike Pinkerton, who retired in January 2017 having led the organisation for four years.
Trust chair Suzy Brain England said: “Richard was appointed because we believe he has the vision to provide the best possible service for our communities, along with the knowledge to transform what the trust does for the better.
“He has shown a canny ability to listen to and motivate staff, focus on patient need and serve as an effective partner to a great range of stakeholders, all of which will help us meet the wider health and social care necessities of our patients,” she said.
“We’ve been very fortunate to have someone of Richard’s calibre and experience within the trust for a number of years and now as chief executive I expect that his leadership and vision will continue to shape the organisation,” she added.