David has worked for NHS Scotland for over twenty years in human resources, starting as a recruitment assistant in Lothian in 1996 and working across a variety of territorial and national health boards prior to becoming an HR Director. He took up his current post as Chief People Officer for NHS Scotland at the Scottish Government at the start of April 2020 in the Health and Social Care Directorate.
His professional interest includes providing credible, compassionate and values based human resources for all staff. He believes in engaging, working with, and empowering the workforce while ensuring that their wellbeing is prioritised.
“I am delighted to be joining NHS Fife as its new Director of Workforce. I am well aware of the outstanding reputation NHS Fife has both as a place to work and as a place of high-quality care.
“I genuinely believe there is no better place to work and serve than our NHS and I look forward to being a part of the future development and success of NHS Fife.”
NHS Fife Chief executive Carol Potter said:
“I would like to thank Linda Douglas for her leadership of our Workforce Directorate for the past two and a half years, during perhaps the most challenging time in the 70-year history of the NHS as we navigated our way through the global pandemic.
“David joins NHS Fife with a huge amount of experience and knowledge of the health and care sector across Scotland. With a track record of innovation, collaboration and partnership working, David is committed to accountability, good governance, probity, openness, and equality of opportunity, within a culture of values-based leadership, compassion, and kindness.
“Our staff are our most important asset. It’s vitally important that we have leaders who not only share our values but live and breathe these in everything they do. They must also understand the importance of staff support and wellbeing. I am delighted David’s experience demonstrates that he is one of those leaders and we look forward to welcoming him to Team NHS Fife later this year.”