South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) has appointed a new Medical Director. Dr Rory McCrea replaces Interim Medical Director Dr David Fluck. His role will be part time with him working at the SECAmb two days each week.
Having trained as a GP in the early 1990s, Dr McCrea has developed a wealth of experience having held leadership positions in both the public and private sectors. He served as Medical Director of NHS West Essex (Epping Forest Primary Care Trust) for more than a decade and then, in 2011, went on to become Director of Clinical Transformation at West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group.
In 2001Dr McCrea established ChilversMcCrea Healthcare, the UK’s first corporate NHS General Practice provider with walk-in and GP services stretching from Southampton to Leeds, taking on services in highly challenging and under-served areas.
Having developed the UK’s first Acute Medical Care in the Home Scheme in West Essex, in 2014 he became a part-time Executive Director of Amie Healthcare, an innovative start-up acute and community healthcare provider, focusing on providing acute medical care in the home as well as step down facilities for those who require more support, as an alternative to hospital. Dr Rory McCrea still practises as an NHS GP on a part-time basis with his team in Waltham Abbey, Essex
Dr McCrea was attracted to joining SECAmb because of its innovative approach to pre-hospital care. He said, “I am delighted to have the opportunity to be Medical Director of SECAmb. I have a passion for patient safety and excellent clinical outcomes and the opportunity to play my part in supporting the highly innovative developments at SECAmb is very exciting.”
SECAmb Chief Executive Paul Sutton, welcoming Rory, said, “I’m delighted that we have appointed Rory. He brings a huge amount of experience to SECAmb and will contribute greatly to the development of the Trust as we continue to innovate in the care provided to our patients. I’d like to thank David for all his effort in the recent months and wish him the very best for the future.”