Trust recruits new nursing director to join Board


The Trust has appointed a new director of nursing, quality and professions.

Darryl Thompson

Darryl Thompson will take up the position from Tim Breedon, who is retiring at the end of July.

Darryl started his mental health nurse training in Sheffield in 1988, then worked in York for ten years before first joining the Trust in 2002 as a community psychiatric nurse in Pontefract. He later became the Trust’s lead for psychosocial interventions for psychosis and then a practice governance coach, before spending four years as the deputy director of nursing and quality governance at Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Darryl is a Health Foundation Fellow, and previously contributed to guideline and quality standard development at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). In December 2020, he returned to the Trust as the deputy director of nursing and quality.

Darryl said: “I feel privileged to have been offered this role and very proud to be working for the Trust again. I am continually impressed by the empathic and focussed work at the front-line, particularly in such difficult times, and I look forward to working with and representing my allied health professional, nursing and psychology colleagues in our community, mental health, and learning disability services.
“I also hope to be able to use my experience of a clinically focussed and quality improvement approach to assurance to contribute to our continuing journey of improvement.”

Chief executive Rob Webster said: “I’d like to thank everyone involved in the selection process for this role. The staff networks, service users, leaders and our executive trio all contributed to a robust process that has delivered us an excellent candidate to follow in Tim’s footsteps. Tim and Darryl will be working closely over the next few weeks to ensure a smooth handover.

“Darryl brings a great understanding of our values and a passion for applying them to the work we do. He is an excellent addition to our strong Board and I know he will work well with our partners in South and West Yorkshire.

“My thanks also to Tim, who will leave a strong legacy when he leaves the organisation later this year.”

Trust recruits new nursing director to join Board

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