Martin Barkley - Chief Executive

Martin Barkley - Chief Executive

Martin became Chief Executive of Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, a hospital and community services provider for a population of 550,000 who primarily live in the areas of Wakefield and Dewsbury, in April 2016. He is one of the longest serving Chief Executives in the NHS.

He joined the NHS in 1972 as a Trainee Hospital Administrator and, having done a stint of ? years working in general hospitals, in 1986 he went into the management of mental health and learning disability services. During that time he led the extensive modernisation and improvement of services - as well as significant organisational development - in the four trusts in  which he has served as Chief Executive since 1994 - East Surrey, Nottingham, Hampshire and Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust. He was a member of the Mental Health National Service Framework Working Group in 1999. In 2011 and 2012 he was seconded one day per week to the Department of Health, as Transition Lead for policy development around the regional NHS Local Education and Training Boards. 

Since coming to work as Chief Executive at Mid Yorkshire his main focus has been on improving the experience of its 9,000 strong workforce and, in turn, the experience of its patients. To date, this has resulted in improved performance (both financial and non-financial), improved feedback on the Staff Friends and Family Test and accreditation to the Investor in People standard. He recognises there is still many more areas to improve at the Trust and remains committed to continuing this improvement work apace.