Umesh Prabu

Dr Umesh Prabu, MBBS(India), DCH (India), DCH (London}, MRCPCH (London)

UPAfter graduating in India, Dr Prabhu came to the UK in 1982, training in Paediatrics at Oxford, Edinburgh and Leeds before working as a Consultant Paediatrician at Fairfield General Hospital in Bury.

Dr Prabhu was appointed Medical Director based at Wigan Infirmary in 2010, subsequently helping WWL emerge as one of the top five performing NHS trusts in the north of England.

“I am delighted and very proud to receive this unexpected but very welcome recognition from the Health Service Journal,” says Dr Prabhu. “There remains much to do in the changing structure of the NHS and I plan to continuing using my experiences to support and guide BME health professionals while promoting fair and open cultures throughout the NHS.”

A passionate advocate of the NHS and a respected advisor to the British Medical Association and other national bodies, Dr Prabhu is a champion in the fight against institutional racism and an influential national voice for BME representation in leadership roles.

Dr Prabhu’s broad experience includes a period as a non-executive member of the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA), National Clinical Assessment Service (NCAS) adviser on secondary care and Clinical Director for NHS Professionals.

Andrew Foster, Chief Executive added, “At WWL, we pride ourselves in caring for our patients and our colleagues. Few people exemplify that care more than Umesh, whose passion for the NHS is obvious, as is his commitment to improving services centred on patients. This honour is well deserved and an achievement worth celebrating.”

“I am particularly pleased that Umesh has encouraged a new cohort of excellent medical leadership in the Trust and that so many are from BME backgrounds.”

As a National Clinical Assessment Service (NCAS) adviser and vice chairman of the British International Doctors’ Association (BIDA), Dr Prabhu works tirelessly to improve the morale of colleagues who find themselves in difficulty.

“I am incredibly proud of WWL and thank our wonderful staff for all their hard work and sincere efforts,” commented Dr. Prabhu. “We want WWL to be in the top 10 percent of NHS Trusts and this we will achieve by delivering the very best care for our patients.”

HSJ editor Alastair McLellan commented: “Black and minority ethnic staff have made major contributions to the NHS for years – dating back to the 1950s. Today influential BME staff continue to shape the quality of the NHS.”