Croydon’s most senior doctor has been recognised as one of the capital’s most inspiring black people.
Dr Nnenna Osuji, Medical Director at Croydon Health Services NHS Trust, has been selected as one of London’s most inspiring black leaders, as part of the NHS’ Black History Month celebrations.
To mark Black History Month, the NHS in London revealed 36 prominent individuals to be ‘the faces’ of the NHS Trusts in the capital.
Dr Osuji joins inspirational Londoners including actor John Boyega, pioneering nurse Mary Seacole, and World Youth Championship gold medal winner, Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, each recognised by the NHS this week.
An online map of the city tells the stories of the inspiring black Londoners who have been nominated by NHS staff for their important contribution to their NHS Trust, local area or wider society.
Dr Osuji, Medical Director and Deputy Chief Executive at Croydon Health Services NHS Trust, said: “I’m honoured to be recognised as one of the NHS’ influential black Londoners alongside my healthcare colleagues and many others who are committed making a real difference to the lives of Londoners.
“Our strength is in our diversity and, as leaders, it is our role to champion change, recognise brilliance in our communities and work together to tackle the health inequalities faced by not only our patients, but our colleagues, too.
“I couldn’t be prouder to join my colleagues around the capital in this celebration of Black History Month, and being featured alongside famous faces including Stormzy and John Boyega will also score me some extra kudos with my children, no doubt.”
Earlier this month, London’s NHS published a new Workforce Race Strategy to improve the experiences of black and minority ethnic (BME) workers in the capital.
The strategy, developed in partnership with NHS staff from across all levels, roles and professions, outlines 15 evidence-based recommendations to be implemented over a span of 10 years.
Black History Month runs through October to acknowledge the history and contribution that African and Caribbean communities have made to the UK.
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