Agnelo Fernandes was born in Margao, Goa, the son of the
late Dr.Joao Caetano Sacrafamilia Fernandes (Raia, Rachol,Salcette)
and Lucy Fernandes (Orda, Candolim, Bardez). At the age
of four he moved to Nairobi where he attended St.Theresa’s
Primary School. Six years later he moved to England
GP RECOGNISED IN NEW YEAR HONOURS LIST
Agnelo Fernandes, Medical Director of NHS Direct South London
and GP at Parchmore Medical Centre, Thornton Health, Croydon,
Surrey has been honoured with an MBE in the Queen's New
Year Honours list for “Services to Healthcare”.
Dr. Agnelo Fernandes said “I am absolutely delighted
and thrilled. Such an honour is really a tribute to all
NHS staff who are working to modernise the health service.”
Over the past 10 years Dr Fernandes has played a leading
role in originating concepts and being a catalyst for
developing NHS services in Croydon working with motivated
teams of clinicians and managers. He is a strong advocate
for promoting healthcare modernisation programmes and
enthusiastically supports the development of new health
services. In particular he has actively contributed to
the development of NHS Direct which has a centre based
at Mayday Hospital, the Croydon NHS Walk in Centre, Croydoc
(GP co-op) and the Well Family Service in North Croydon.
He has also had
a significant role in different teams for the successful
implementation of numerous pilot projects, involving IT
and different ways of working within general practice.
His own GP practice has received recognition and national
awards for being innovative and forward thinking in these
and other areas of patient care. He has a strong interest
in Information Technology and has been a key driver in
promoting the use of IT by health professionals, moving
towards paperless consultations, with an emphasis on improving
the quality of healthcare to patients. As a GP Appraiser
he has played a pivotal role in supporting GPs to complete
their Appraisal information electronically online.
to be actively involved in a number of different healthcare
improvement groups in Croydon, across South West London
and nationally, most notably in improving the quality
and responsiveness of Emergency Care and Out of hours
health services to patients through a more joined up approach.
As a result he is often a speaker at conferences, and
has also provided advice to health officials from other
further information please contact Communications Manager,
NHS Direct South London, 020 8410 5590
Agnelo Fernandes, aged 43 yrs is married to Corinne and
has three school aged children - Oliver, Lydia and Joshua.
He has been a GP at Parchmore Medical Centre, Thornton Heath,
Croydon, Surrey for nearly twelve years. He is also currently
a member of the London Modernisation Board, the Medical
Director of NHS Direct South London, Assistant Medical Manager
of Croydoc (GP Co-op), a Trainer of future GPs, a GP Appraiser,
a Clinical Governance Facilitator for Croydon PCT North
locality and a lead for developing quality systems for Clinical
Governance, Patient confidentiality and Information Security
in different organisations he is involved with.
On completion of his secondary schooling
at Spencer Park School, Wandsworth, London, he attended
King’s College, London for his BSc and pre-clinical
studies and graduated from Charing Cross & Westminster
Medical School, London in 1987. He completed his vocational
training in general practice in Croydon and his qualifications
include a BSc (Hons) Pharmacology, AKC, MBBS, DRCOG, DCCH,
MRCGP. His GP practice was awarded NHS Beacon status for
the use of Information Technology in 1999, and was previously
a Demonstrator for London for implementing integrated
IT systems, as well as winning or being finalists in other
national award categories, and participating in national
NHS modernisation programmes in recent years.
He has also actively contributed to local,
regional and national forums including as a member of
North Croydon PCG Board as the IT and Education lead,
a member of the London Emergency Care Board, .the national
NHS Direct Healthcare Guide editorial board, the national
NHS Direct Online Advisory Group and the Protocol Advisory
Group (ENT) for the National Institute of Clinical Excellence
(NICE). He was involved in the pilot phase and national
press launch of the online NHS Appraisals Toolkit for
GPs & Consultants in England for the Department of
Health (DOH). More recently he has given presentations
for the launch of Appraisals & Revalidation of doctors
in the U.K. for the General Medical Council (GMC).
NHS Direct is a confidential telephone service which provides
health advice and information 24 hours a day. If you or
a family member are ill, you can ring NHS Direct and speak
to a nurse who will help you decide what to do to treat
the problem. NHS Direct South London covers the boroughs
and PCTs of Bexley, Bromley, Croydon, Greenwich, Kingston,
Lambeth, Lewisham, Richmond & Twickenham, Southwark,
Sutton & Merton and Wandsworth.
25th February 2004
A Thornton Heath GP was rewarded for his services to medicine
and healthcare when he received an MBE from the Queen last
Dr Agnelo Fernandes, a GP at Parchmore
Medical Centre, was awarded an MBE in the Queen's New Year
He travelled to Buckingham Palace last
Wednesday to be formally invested.
Dr Fernandes is medical director of NHS
Direct South London and assistant medical manager of Croydoc,
the GP out of hours service in Croydon.
He is also involved in teaching and training
doctors as well contributing to the modernisation of the
Voice designed by Goacom Insys Pvt. Ltd., Goa
and funded by donations from the world-wide Goan Community.