AIREDALE Hospital has a new medical director.

David Crampsey has been appointed after serving in an interim role since June.

He joined Airedale NHS Foundation Trust as deputy medical director and divisional director for surgery and diagnostics in February, 2018.

And prior to that, Mr Crampsey had spent five years as lead clinician for the Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) department within NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

He said he was delighted to take-up his new post.

“When I moved here from Glasgow two-and-a-half years ago I had no idea how quickly I would feel deeply connected to this hospital and its community,” he added.

“It is a truly fantastic place to work and live.

“As part of my role, I have been fortunate to work closely with our health and care partners across Bradford district and Craven. I will continue to do so, as we further develop the joined-up approach to services which our population rightly expects.

“Clearly, in the current period, my priority will be our population and workforce as they respond to the challenge of Covid-19. I also want to focus on the support and development of our staff to deliver the highest quality healthcare for the people we serve.”

The appointment is welcomed by the trust’s chief executive, Brendan Brown.

He said: “This is a great appointment for Airedale.

“David brings a wealth of experience to the role, as well as an understanding of Airedale from his two years as deputy medical director here. He is also actively involved in system leadership locally and across West Yorkshire and Harrogate.”

Mr Crampsey trained as an ENT surgeon in Glasgow, London and Christchurch, New Zealand.

He was appointed as a consultant otolaryngologist in 2011.

Mr Crampsey also has an interest in teaching and education. He has a teaching award from the University of Otago, and was an honorary clinical senior lecturer and undergraduate lead for ENT at the University of Glasgow.

For several years he has had an active interest in leadership and management.

He participated in the NHS Scotland Delivering the Future leadership development programme and is a member of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management.