Deepa was elected as a staff governor in 2018. She has lived in Cambridge and worked at Addenbrooke's Hospital for nearly 10 years, as a junior doctor initially and currently as a consultant. Some of the core beliefs Deepa cares for and hopes to continue to evoke in others at the Trust are transparency in NHS governance structures, and creating opportunities for the voices of staff and patients from various cultural backgrounds to be heard.
Deepa trained in general paediatrics in East Anglia, London and in Wales. Subsequently she trained to be a specialist paediatric neurologist in Addenbrooke’s Hospital and at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London. As a paediatric neurologist and clinical lead for the neuromuscular team at CUH, her work involves working with children with various neurological conditions and disabilities. She leads the paediatric Idiopathic intracranial hypertension service. She led on the introduction of Nusinersen treatment pathways in children with Spinal muscular atrophy for East of England and continues to work with national neuromuscular networks for the introductions of other new treatments in SMA/other neuromuscular conditions.
Deepa’s interest to connect and contribute to the community led her to raise funds for various organisations and charities over the last six years. This has including funds for Sunflowers paediatric rehabilitation team, participation in Addenbrookes Charitable Trust sponsored 10K run, Cambridge Half marathon supporting Cancer research UK and 40K Peak District Walk for Acquired Brain Injury. She is also passionate to increase opportunities for students from local schools for work experience and volunteering within the Trust.
In her free time Deepa enjoys racquet sports, running and watching cricket. She tries to find time to sketch, paint and cook with her family.