Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals Appoints new Chief Executive

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals has appointed a new chief executive.

Richard Parker has been promoted from his previous position of nursing director.

Parker possesses more than 30 years experience in the NHS.

He has worked as the trust’s nursing director since October 2013.

Mike Pinkerton previously filled this role, but retired in January after four years with the trust.

The trust is expecting an underlying end-of-year deficit of £30 million, excluding £17 million of STP funding, underlining the challenge that Parker faces in his new role.

Parker must also oversee a transformation of the culture at the trust.

In March 2016, senior managers at the trust had been criticised for what was seen as deliberate financial misreporting.

This followed an investigation which found that accounts were misrepresented for over a year.

The issue led to the resignation of finance director Matthew Lowry.

Parker has always worked in the South Yorkshire region, having qualified as a nurse back in 1985.

He went on to specialise in intensive care at Sheffield Northern General Hospital and Leeds General Infirmary.

Parker held senior nursing and management roles at Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Royal Hospital.

After a successful junior career in the National Health Service, the executive was appointed as director of nursing for critical care in 2002.

He also oversaw anaesthesia and operating services at the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals at this time.

There he became deputy chief nurse in 2005 before rising to chief operating officer in 2013.

Parker spoke of his pleasure in being elevated to this role, while emphasising that the immediate future promises to be a time of change.

“I am absolutely delighted to have been appointed chief executive. 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.”


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