Dr Agnelo Fernandes is a GP in Croydon, south London, a member of the LMC and the PEC in NHS Croydon, and a commissioning leader.
As the RCGP’s urgent care lead, Dr Fernandes is heavily involved in developing the college’s out-of-hours policies. He was a special advisor to NHS Direct nationally and led a team that developed an ‘out-of-hours clinical toolkit’ in 2007 – earlier this year he was also involved in putting together the RCGP’s toolkit to help GP consortia audit the quality of urgent care services in their area.
He is also a pioneer of another key college initiative – practice federations.
In 2004 Dr Fernandes was awarded the MBE for ‘services to medicine and healthcare’ in the Queen’s New Year honours list.
This article appeared as part of Pulse’s list of the top 50 most influential GPs of 2011. The full list can be found here.