|Dr Agnelo Fernandes||Clinical Chair|
Dr Fernandes has been a GP in Thornton Heath, Croydon for 24 years. His interests include minor surgery, dermatology, teaching and quality improvement of health services through innovation and transformation. He is a GP Trainer, an Educational Supervisor of GP Trainees out of hours, a GP appraiser, a member of the Croydon Local Medical Committee and a Governor at Royal Russell School, Croydon. He was awarded the MBE for “services to Medicine and Healthcare” by Her Majesty the Queen (2004) and Fellowship of the Royal College of General Practitioners (2006), and his practice attained the highest honour of the Royal College of General Practitioners “Quality Practice Award” (2010). In his role as the Assistant Clinical Chair of the CCG he chairs the Urgent Care Working Group, Strategic Transformation Board, Prevention, Self Care and Shared Decision Making steering group, Intermediate Services Clinical Quality Review group and is a member of Croydon’s Health and Wellbeing Board. He is also the Chair of NHS England’s pan-London NHS 111 Clinical Governance group, the National GP Lead for Urgent & Emergency Care for the Royal College of General Practitioners (UK), and Chair of the National Intercollegiate Clinical Governance group for NHS Pathways.
|Dr Emily Symington||Governing Body GP Member |
A Governing Body member since 2016, Dr Symington has been closely involved with Together for Health and Care, a cross-agency programme which looks at how Croydon can promote proactive and preventative care. Encouraging residents to be actively involved in their health, a key part of the programme is embedding share decision making into all relationships between people and health and care professionals in Croydon. This involves both parties discussing and agreeing the best way forward in the best interests of the patient, principles she has embedded into the routine workings of the CCG and the commissioning of healthcare services across the borough. Dr Symington has also spoken nationally about her work setting up group consultations for common long term conditions such as diabetes, which have proven positive results in terms of patient health and patient experience.
Her work on Together for Health and Care has given her an insight into the wider landscape of Croydon’s health and care assets as well as the challenges; insights she brings to the Governing Body and the decisions she is a part of making. She is also involved in working with Croydon Health Services to improve the quality of services provided.