WORKFORCE: Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals Foundation Trust director of human resources Joe Brayford is to retire at the end of February.

He was worked in the NHS for 40 years.He began his career at Barnsley Hospital in 1972 and has since worked at Doncaster Health Authority then joined Doncaster Royal Infirmary in 1990. A statement says: “He has since overseen the staffing and constitutional aspects of merging with the acute services element of Bassetlaw Hospital, and becoming one of the first 10 NHS foundation trusts.”

Chief executive Ron Calvert said: “Joe has been an exceptional and key member of the executive team. His expertise and outstanding knowledge in the HR field is second to none and he will be a hard act to follow. On behalf of the trust, we wish him all the best for the future.”

Mr Brayford said: “I have had a fulfilling career, working with and for five of the best chief executives in the NHS, four of whom went on to be knighted. But after 40 years in the NHS, I’ve earned a rest. At some stage, I will do some consultancy or locum work, but first I’ll take a break.”

Among the chief executives he worked at Doncaster are Sir David Nicholson, now NHS chief executive.