Innovators Mentorship Programme

The Innovators Mentorship Programme (IMP) is a flagship programme launched by the RCGP to support entrepreneurial GPs across the UK. We provide mentoring and training to GPs with an innovation that addresses an unmet need in primary care. Through the programme we will help to accelerate the innovation and provide professional development in non-clinical skills that are essential to be a successful entrepreneur. 

Who is it for?

We are looking for driven, ambitious and enthusiastic GPs with a passion to solve problems to join the programme. We will provide support to GPs to develop commercial innovations to support the NHS and primary care. GPs who believe in proactively developing solutions to address unmet needs in primary care for the ultimate betterment of patients. These innovations do not need to be novel, however they should be a superior solution to existing approaches or offerings.

If you are successful on the programme you will join a small cohort of entrepreneurial GPs who will undertake the training and mentoring with you. This peer group will help you on your journey to becoming a successful entrepreneur. 
 
Successful applicants will be GPs who have a key role in the development of the innovation and have access to a multidisciplinary team to work with to develop their innovation. If you have developed your innovation independently you need to have an understanding of the various professionals that will need to be engaged to further develop their innovation and how you will approach this. 

What we provide

The programme provides mentoring, training, access to a peer group of entrepreneurs, networking, and the opportunity to present your innovation on a national platform. The RCGP will support raising awareness of the entrepreneurs and their innovations on the programme to have a positive impact on general practice. 
There is no stipend attached to the programme, however essential travel and accommodation costs will be reimbursed. 

IMP will:

  • provide professional development to a number of entrepreneurial GPs with innovative ideas that address unmet needs in primary care; and as a result improve patient care
  • provide training to broaden expertise in non-clinical skills and so be able to be successful in present and future entrepreneurial endeavours
  • accelerate the development of innovative products and services by GPs to improve general practice and patient carejoin a community of innovative entrepreneurial GPs

Essential dates

  • Open for applications now - more details and key dates below
  • Applications close: noon 30 July 2018
  • Notification of short listing: week commencing 20 August
  • Interviews: 3 – 14 September

Apply to be part of the programme here

Resources

If you have any questions or would like to be a mentor please contact imp@rcgp.org.uk

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