2006 to Present

John Parkes, NHS Chief Executive and Accountable Officer of a new NHS Primary Care Trust Cluster that incorporates Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire. He was appointed by David Nicholson, Chief Executive of the National Health Service, in April 2011.

In April he was also offered and accepted a Visiting Professorship in Healthcare Management from the University of Northampton. John will be lecturing, involved with the professional Doctorate and advising on projects that are related to the NHS. He will also advise the School of Health executive on NHS issues and inform academic staff of current practices. The Professorship was offered to John after he was recommended for the role by the Dean of the School of Health, Dr Sue Allen. The appointment will last for a minimum of two years.

Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive and Accountable Officer of the NHS Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire Cluster, John was Chief Executive of NHS Northamptonshire. This Primary Care Trust had a £1 billion budget and encompassed an area with a population of over 700,000 residents. He took on this role in October 2006, successfully eliminating the PCT’s inherited deficit of £45 million, and under his leadership NHS Northamptonshire became one of the most effective PCTs in the East Midlands as well as becoming a top performing national PCT.

2004 to 2006

John was previously Chief Executive of Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, moving the trust from one of the worst performing in the country to an organisation that could provide sustainable, safe services and function to the level expected of such an organisation. The Trust encompassed four hospitals and covered a catchment area with a population of 550,000. It employed 6,500 staff and operated with an annual budget of £329 million. During his time with the Trust, the organisation cut its in-year deficit in half, improved its performance as measured by national standards and cut treatment waiting times for patients.

John took on his role with Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust after a successful term as Chief Executive of West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust.

2002 to 2004

John was Chief Executive of this Trust for two years, from 2002 to 2004. The Trust had three hospitals and employed over 2,000 staff with an operating annual budget of £95 million. It also worked closely with Cambridge University, running the graduate course for the University.

In addition John has worked at a senior operational level in a number of large teaching hospitals, including as the Deputy Chief Executive of St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust. He is also a managerial board member of the Independent Reconfiguration Panel, a national body which advises the Secretary of State on service reconfigurations that are under dispute or the subject of controversy.


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