31 October 2018

Highly regarded Medical Director confirms plans to retire from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals in 2019

One of the most highly regarded Medical Directors in the NHS has confirmed his plans to retire from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust at the end of January next year (2019).

Dr David Throssell is known for his relentless focus on patient safety and quality standards. During his time as Medical Director, at one of the largest NHS Trusts, he has overseen successful Care Quality Commission inspections which have rated the organisation ‘Good’ for all five of the inspection domains - Safe, Caring, Responsive, Well Led and Effective.

Dr Throssell, who until very recently was also a practicing Consultant Nephrologist at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, took up the role of Trust Medical Director in 2012 following three years as Deputy Medical Director. Prior to this he was Clinical Director for Renal Services for seven years from 2000-2007.

David joined the Trust in 1996 as a Nephrologist at the Sheffield Kidney Institute at the Northern General Hospital and since then he has been instrumental in driving forward significant service developments in renal care.

Kirsten Major, Interim Chief Executive said: “David is a relentless champion for patient care; he is a talented and highly respected doctor and offers outstanding leadership as Medical Director and as a member of the Trust Board. We will also miss his wisdom, calmness and humour and wish him well in what I'm sure will be an active retirement from the Trust."

Tony Pedder, Chairman, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust added: “I am very sorry that we will lose David’s truly excellent leadership and experience. He is an esteemed Medical Director who is rightly respected and admired at local, regional and national level. He has been instrumental in leading our patient safety and quality improvements over the last decade and has been pivotal in the transformation of many of our clinical and support services. There is also no doubt that David has fostered a clinically-led culture through successful engagement and involvement of the Trust’s medical workforce and he leaves strong foundations on which we can build for the future.”

Mr Bob Kerry, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and Chair of the Medical Staff Committee: “David has been an excellent Medical Director and is highly respected by his consultant colleagues. He has always put patient safety high on the agenda throughout the Trust. His calm leadership has maintained stability through a period of increasing demands on the NHS. We have been very fortunate to be able to benefit from his wide-ranging skills and wish him all the best for the future.”

Commenting on his plans to retire Dr Throssell said: "I have been very fortunate to work with fantastic clinical and non-clinical colleagues throughout my 32 years in the NHS and I will miss colleagues at every level in the organisation. I have always been extremely proud to say I work at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and that is because from Board to ward there is a genuine culture of putting the patient first. I hope that I have played some small part in enabling colleagues across our hospitals and community services to deliver the high quality care our patients deserve and know I leave the Trust in the very best of hands.”

Recruitment for the post of Medical Director will begin immediately.

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