Imperial College Healthcare appoints second medical director

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has announced the appointment of a second medical director.

Mr Raymond Anakwe, a consultant trauma and orthopaedic surgeon, is set to take on the newly created post alongside his clinical commitments, from the start of November 2021.

The additional part-time Medical Director position was created so that the existing Medical Director, Professor Julian Redhead, could also dedicate time to his own new role as National Clinical Director for Urgent and Emergency Care.  

Dr Redhead was appointed to his latest position in September 2021, and is responsible for helping the NHS to improve 999, 111, A&E and other urgent care services.

Professor Tim Orchard, Chief Executive at Imperial College Healthcare, said: “This is a great development. I’m delighted that we are able to have both Raymond and Julian’s complementary talents within our executive team and providing professional leadership for our doctors – on top of Julian’s expanded influence on national policy and practice.”

Mr Anakwe begins his new role having been a consultant for almost nine years and having previously also served as a unit training lead, director of medical education, lead for audit and effectiveness, and as an associate medical director at Imperial College Healthcare.

Mr Anawake, who was also previously a serving medical officer in the Royal Army Medical Corps of the British Army for 24 years, said: “I am incredibly proud and very honoured to be taking on this new role. It’s a particular privilege to be helping to provide medical leadership – alongside colleagues from all professions – as we emerge from the pandemic and seek to create better working lives for our staff as well better care for our patients and local community.”