RCGP CIRC Sowerby Innovation Fellows Time to Innovate
Time - for the busy GP - is a known significant barrier to innovation in general practice. The RCGP CIRC Sowerby Innovation Fellows Programme seeks to foster early-stage GP-led innovations in primary care by tackling this recognised constraint and offering successful applicants paid sessional 'time to innovate'.
This new programme will run on an annual basis in each of the next three years, 2014 to 2017, and is the result of a generous grant from the Peter Sowerby Foundation that will be administered for the RCGP by its Clinical Innovation and Research Centre (CIRC).
In each year of the programme, five Innovation Fellows will be appointed for a period of 12 months to pursue development of their innovative concept. Successful applicants will each receive:
- paid sessional time (one day per week)
- an additional individual Innovation Fund of up to £3,000
- access to the College's wide-ranging networks of expertise
At the conclusion of the programme's three year term, it is anticipated that up to 15 innovative solutions to known issues within general practice will have been developed to a critical point that will have a measurable beneficial impact on:
- improved patient outcomes
- improved quality of working lives for those working in general practice, or
- transform the way services are delivered
Applications for 2014-2015 are now closed.