Ex-nurse appointed as new Doncaster hospital boss

Richard Parker
Richard Parker

The trust which runs Doncaster Royal Infirmary has appointed its director of nursing as its new boss.

The Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has appointed former nurse Richard Parker as its new chief executive, taking over from Mike Pinkerton, who held the post for the last four years.

He takes over at a time when the trust is battling to deal with a £20 million black hole in its finances.

Mr Parker’s appointment was given the seal of approval by the trust’s Board of Governors, having been selected following a national recruitment process led by the NHS Leadership Academy.

Mr Parker has served as the trust’s director of nursing, midwifery and quality since October 2013.

Mr Parker qualified as a nurse in 1985, later specialising in intensive care at Sheffield Northern General Hospital and Leeds General Infirmary. He joined, what was, Doncaster and Montagu Hospitals in 1992 as a clinical nurse specialist, later 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, he was appointed as director of nursing for critical care, anaesthesia and operating services at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, becoming deputy chief nurse in 2005 before rising to the role of Chief Operating Officer in 2013.

He said: “I am absolutely delighted to have been appointed chief executive of Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals. It has been a pleasure to have been a part of Team DBTH over the past four years and I look forward to leading the trust into, what promises to be, an exciting new chapter as a teaching hospital.

“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.”