Barnsley Hospital has this week welcomed a new interim Chief Executive, Dr Richard Jenkins, following on from the departure of previous leader, Diane Wake, last month.

Richard became the Trust’s Medical Director and Deputy Chief Executive in January 2015. He has practised medicine for over 20 years, becoming a consultant in 2002 specialising in diabetes and endocrinology. In 2006, he was awarded a Health Foundation Leadership Fellowship.

After holding various medical leadership roles, Richard became Medical Director at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust in 2012, a post he held for two years before coming to Barnsley.

Since he joined the Trust, Richard has been instrumental in the significant reduction in our mortality ratios and his work on the reduction of our medical locum agency spend, which has been cut by almost half, has resulted in national recognition with Trusts across England adopting our methodology. He has also recently completed the nationally renowned Aspiring Chief Executive NHS Leadership Programme.

Dr Jenkins said: “I would like to take this opportunity to wish Diane all the best in her new role. I’m delighted to have been given the opportunity to lead the Trust until a permanent Chief Executive is appointed.

“I believe that NHS services should be clinically-led and quality driven and I think Barnsley Hospital has achieved the right focus, for example through the establishment of its clinical business units which deliver our services with clinical leadership at the helm.

“I believe there is lots of potential to develop service
s to make sure they are sustainable locally.  We will need to work more closely with our partners, locally and regionally, and enter into new collaborations, making sure that Barnsley has a strong voice around the table. It is a challenge I am greatly looking forward to.”

Steve Wragg, Chairman at Barnsley Hospital, said: “I am delighted to announce that from April 2017 Dr Richard Jenkins will be stepping in as Interim Chief Executive.

“I am confident that Richard will excel in leading our organisation; he has a wealth of NHS knowledge and experience and has recently completed the Aspiring Chief Executive Programme run by the NHS Leadership Academy.

“Richard brings continuity to the role of Chief Executive. Richard understands our organisation, the challenges we face and fully supports and lives our values, visions and objectives.”