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Croydon’s emergency care lead named one of London’s top influencers

Croydon’s lead emergency care consultant has today been named one of London’s most influential people by The Evening Standard’s Progress 1000, in partnership with the global bank Citi.

Dr Kathryn Channing will be honoured alongside other NHS leaders, activists, politicians and celebrities at the Progress 1000 event this evening the Evening Standard’s celebration of the people changing London’s future for the better.

Dr Channing championed the £21 million redevelopment of Croydon University Hospital’s new emergency department, which was designed by the doctors and nurses who work in it to create the best environment in which to care for patients.

There are also two mental health liaison rooms offering private and appropriate spaces where nurses can assess people who need specialist care, plus a dedicated Child and Adolescent Mental Health liaison room.

Announcing her place in the top 1000, the Evening Standard reflected on Dr Channing’s discussions about the mental health challenges the NHS faces with Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he opened the new department earlier this year.

Dr Kathryn Channing, lead emergency care consultant at Croydon Health Services NHS Trust, said:

“It was certainly a surprise to be nominated but it’s a real privilege to be ranked alongside some of London’s most influential people in The Progress 1000.

“Having worked in Croydon for 15 years, I’m incredibly proud of what we have achieved here, both with our new Emergency Department and as a whole. Our teams do a fantastic job day in day out, often in difficult circumstances, to ensure our community can access some of the best emergency care facilities in London.”

Matthew Kershaw, Chief Executive at Croydon Health Services NHS Trust and Place-Based Leader for Health said:

“It’s fantastic to see Kathryn’s efforts recognised by The Progress 1000. During her time in Croydon, Kathryn has led on not only the redevelopment of our new emergency department but countless emergencies, including our response to the tram crash in 2017.

“Her commitment to the people of Croydon and to providing the best possible emergency care to our ever-growing community is admirable. Alongside this, she has championed our future workforce, acting as the Foundation Training Programme Director between 2009 – 2015 and supporting our junior doctors as they took their first steps into the NHS. Congratulations Kathryn!”

The full Progress 1000 will be announced at a prestigious central London event this evening. The full list of Health and Wellness champions can be found here:


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