Five entrepreneurial GPs picked for accelerator programme.
Royal College of General Practitioners launched its flagship Innovators Mentorship Programme (IMP) to support entrepreneurial GPs across the UK. The college will provide mentoring and training to five GPs with an idea for innovation that addresses an unmet need in primary care.
The scheme is the first of its kind for the College and aims to encourage, empower and enable family doctors to find solutions to unmet needs in general practice, such as cutting patient waiting times or finding innovative ways to use technology in general practice to benefit patient care.
As well as generating ideas, the group will also form a peer support network for other entrepreneurial GPs. Doctors on the programme will receive mentoring, training and access to networks to accelerate innovative ideas in general practice, as well as professional development in non-clinical skills to support them to be successful entrepreneurs.
At the end of October the college announced the names of the five GP entrepreneurs selected for the programme.
Dr Campbell Murdoch
Chief Medical Officer at Gro Health, a digital health platform supporting lifestyle changes to prevent chronic illness with focus on type 2 diabetes, a condition associated with growing demand on the NHS, and high costs.
Dr Farhan Amin
Founder of Concept Health, which uses virtual reality to provide personalised treatment to patients, facilitating trained professionals to deliver the interventions remotely to multiple patients at any one time.
Dr Monal Wadhera
Chief Medical Officer at LiveSmart, a digital health monitoring and optimisation platform that combines digital technology, clinical data and one-to-one personalised telephone health coaching to support lifestyle changes at key times in a person’s life.
Dr Nicholas Harvey
Founder of Digitalis CPD, an intuitive and dynamic mobile app that makes accessing educational resources easier, supports group learning and addresses gaps in clinical knowledge.
Dr Rakeeb Chowdhury
Founder of BookYourGP, a software tool which supports clinicians to automate both booking essential but routine appointments and the associated patient communications, thereby reducing administrative work and costs and freeing up healthcare professionals’ time for patient care.