Trust appoints second medical director

Consultant trauma and orthopaedic surgeon Raymond Anakwe has been appointed as a second medical director for the Trust. An additional, part-time medical director post has been created to allow our existing medical director, Professor Julian Redhead, to dedicate part of his time to his additional new role as national clinical director for urgent and emergency care.  

Julian will continue as medical director with voting rights on the Trust board and as the responsible officer for our doctors. Raymond will take up his new role, alongside his clinical commitments, on 1 November. 

Raymond Anakwe has been a consultant for just under 9 years and has served in a number of roles at Imperial College Healthcare, including unit training lead, director of medical education, Trust lead for audit and effectiveness and, most recently, associate medical director. 

Raymond was a serving medical officer in the Royal Army Medical Corps of the British Army for 24 years and also spent two years in the Edinburgh trauma unit, managing complex fractures and patients with multiple injuries. He has broad and extensive experience in trauma care, elective and trauma surgery related to the hand, wrist and elbow for both adults and children.  

Raymond is committed to teaching, training, clinical research as well as delivering a high-quality patient service. 

Chief executive Professor Tim Orchard 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. 

Raymond 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.”