Chief Operating Officer joins Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals

Denise Smith has joined Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals (DBTH) as the organisation’s new Chief Operating Officer (COO).

Denise was previously the Chief Operating Officer at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn, a position she held from May 2019 to January 2023. Originally from York, Denise joined the NHS over 25 years ago, and has worked across primary and secondary care, in both commissioner and provider organisations.

Speaking about her appointment as Chief Operating Officer, Denise said: “I am delighted to join Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals. While we have faced an incredibly difficult couple of years as a result of the pandemic and we have work ahead of us, I believe this Trust has the vision and ambition to do the very best for its patients. While undoubtedly challenging, there are plenty of opportunities ahead of us and I can’t wait to work with colleagues to further develop our services and, ultimately, deliver the very highest standards of care for local people.”

The Chief Operating Officer is an integral role at the Trust and is responsible for the leadership and delivery of the Trust’s operational services, ensuring high quality care and the delivery of performance standards in a safe and sustainable way.

Richard Parker OBE, Chief Executive at DBTH, said: “On behalf of the Trust, I am delighted to be welcome Denise to Team DBTH. I believe our new Chief Operating Officer has a wealth of experience in operational leadership and management in the NHS, and Denise brings significant expertise to the role, supporting our ambitions for the future. We know the pandemic has had a significant impact on our teams and the services we provide, I am confident Denise will help to support our recovery and renewal post pandemic, and I look forward to working closely with her as part of the Executive Team.”

The Trust is made up of Doncaster Royal Infirmary, Bassetlaw Hospital and Montagu Hospital in addition to a number of external clinical sites. One of the largest providers within the region, the Trust cares for approximately 500,000 patients each and every year, spanning two counties which include both urban and rural communities.