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Croydon Health Services NHS Trust is delighted to announce that it has appointed Emergency Medicine Consultant Dr Subhro Banerjee to the role of Medical Director. 

Dr Banerjee, who will now take on the substantive post, has been saving lives in Croydon since 2013, including during the tragic tram crash in November 2016, and will continue to work one day a week as a Consultant in the Trust’s A&E department. 

Announcing Subhro’s appointment, Matthew Kershaw, Chief Executive and Place Based Leader for Health in Croydon said: 

“We are delighted to appoint Subhro as the Medical Director for Croydon Health Services NHS Trust. His first-hand experience of delivering care in a busy Emergency Department to local people from all walks of life will be vital in driving forward our ambitions for excellent health and care for all. 

“His expertise also allows us to look at care in new and innovative ways, ensuring patients receive the right care in the right place, at the right time, whether that’s within the acute hospital setting or in one of our vital community services. 

“Prior to joining the Trust as a Consultant nine years ago, Dr Banerjee completed two out of his five specialist registrar years at Croydon University Hospital. Here he developed a passion for delivering care within the borough and deepened his understanding of the complexities of treating patients in one of the Capital’s most diverse, but also most deprived boroughs.” 

Dr Banerjee, who had been acting as Interim Medical Director since June 2021 and was previously the Trust’s Deputy Medical Director, was appointed to the substantive role following a competitive recruitment process earlier this month.  

He is now the most senior doctor at Croydon Health Services NHS Trust, responsible for the Trust’s medical workforce and for providing clinical leadership at Board level. 

Speaking on his appointment, Dr Banerjee, said:   

“I am proud to take on the role of Medical Director here in Croydon. Since I joined the Trust I have seen the growing commitment and enthusiasm of my fellow medical professionals and other clinicians to really make a difference to the care we provide to Croydon residents. 

“Working in Emergency Medicine is incredibly rewarding, but can be equally as challenging, particularly during the last two years of my career as we faced the unprecedented demand of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

“I feel immensely grateful for the support of my colleagues within the Emergency Department and across the Trust as I take on a new challenge. I look forward to working with those both within the Trust and in our local primary care services to deliver the improvements that our patients and our hard-working staff deserve.” 

Dr Chris Streather, Medical Director for NHS England & Improvement in London said:

“I look forward to working with Dr Banerjee on his plans to improve care for people in Croydon. Having a frontline emergency medicine consultant in the medical director role will certainly be beneficial to the trust, giving a real opportunity to amplify the voice of medics who are facing demand at the front door, while championing their aspirations for fantastic care in line with the trust’s ambitions.”

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