Rounding up the Innovators Mentorship Programme

30 May 2020 

Innovators Mentorship Programme

The Innovators Mentorship Programme (IMP) supported entrepreneurial GPs across the UK. RCGP Innovation Mentors provided support to entrepreneurial GPs with an innovation that addressed an unmet need in primary care. The programme ran from November 2018 to March 2020 and is now closed.

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During the programme, the innovation mentors provided personalised one-to-one support to the GP entrepreneurs guiding them through bid writing, networking and breaking down the barriers to rolling out their innovations within the NHS and beyond. The programme also hosted a series of workshops throughout the year, offered peer-to-peer support, introduced key stakeholders to the entrepreneurs, and provided professional development in non-clinical skills that are essential to be a successful entrepreneur.

In the second year of the programme, GP entrepreneurs were also given the opportunity to work with pilot sites – collaborative primary care organisations – to support the testing and evaluation of their innovations.

The Innovators Mentorship Programme supported GP entrepreneurs to accelerate their innovations, secure funding and increase capacity for patients needing rehabilitation. The infographic below outlines the year one impact of the programme. 

Impact of the programme

The RCGP would like to thank all those involved in the programme but in particular the Innovation Mentors who gave up their time and were committed to supporting the next generation of GP entrepreneurs.

RCGP Innovation Mentors

Dr Junaid Bajwa

Dr Junaid Bajwa is a practising physician and the Global Lead for Strategic Alliances and Solutions for the Global Digital Centre of Excellence at Merck.

Professor Ruth Chambers OBE

Ruth is Clinical Chair at Stoke-on-Trent CCG and is an honorary professor at Staffordshire University and Keele University. Ruth also led on establishing a Quality Improvement Framework across Stoke-on-Trent. Over a long career, Ruth has written 71 books (yes 71!!) for general practice teams and the public.

Dr Kartik Modha

Dr Kartik Modha, also known as 'Tiko', is a salaried GP at The Friern Barnet Medical Centre. He is co-founder and CEO at myHealthSpecialist, a platform that helps GPs and patients find specialists that have been recommended by doctors.  Kartik also founded Tiko's GP Group (TGG), a GP-only closed group on Facebook. The group now has over 6,000 GPs making it the largest GP-only social media group in the UK.

Dr Ishani Patel

Dr Ishani Patel is a GP in North West London leading their digital accelerator programme to improve and streamline patient access for patients in primary and urgent care alongside steering the design and implementation of the first GP federation-wide eHub for Harnesscare. She is also a co-founder of Lantum, which supports healthcare organisations to connect with the workforce.

Dr Mateen Jiwani

Dr Mateen Jiwani is a practicing GP. He has completed an NIHR CLAHRC (National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research fellowship in eHealth and continues to work on academic principles of Telemedicine as an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at Imperial College, London. He is co-founder and Clinical Director of GPDQ, a GP on demand service who recently partnered with HS accelerator, a team of healthcare innovation specialists and early stage investors, to help other start-ups. 

Dr. Farzad Entikabi

Dr. Farzad Entikabi is a GP Partner who co-founded the digital healthcare company Doctor Care Anywhere Ltd in 2013. He served as its Medical Director and Chief Clinical Information Officer until 2017, exiting following a successful outside investment and CQC inspection. In additional to continuing his clinical work, Farzad advises UK digital healthcare companies.

Dr M Aumran Tahir 

Dr Tahir has significant experience in leading and delivering innovative transformation in extremely challenging situations. He is a co-founder of AT Medics and serves as Chief Innovation Officer AT Technologies, Medical Director North and West London AT Medics GP practices, Honorary Senior Research Fellow University of Surrey (Healthcare Management & Policy) and is a Health Foundation Quality Improvement Fellow.

Dr Neha Tanna

Neha is a principal in a seed stage venture capital fund, focusing on the emerging science and technology of health and happiness. She started her career as a GP before transitioning to the life sciences industry, where she held various roles in pharmaceutical companies. She holds an MBA from London Business School and has since worked with a startup med-tech company, as well as several accelerators and VCs in the healthcare space, most recently with a global venture builder with a focus on early-stage tech companies.

Dr Duncan Walling

Dr Duncan Walling is a past GP and Entrepreneur. After working as a GP Partner & Trainer for 5 years in urban Southampton, he worked as a Medical Director for Wessex LMCs for 3 years before leaving to form FourteenFish with a business partner.

Dr Phil Koczan

Phil has been a senior GP in a large practice in North East London for over 25 years. He is a fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners, a member of the RCGP Health Informatics Group and a founding fellow of the Faculty of Clinical Informatics. Phil is also Digital Clinical Champion for the London Patient online programme, developing 111 interoperability in London and Clinical Advisor to the Professional Standards Record Board (PRSB).

Dr Richard Pratt

Rich is a GP partner & health tech innovator. He applies his entrepreneurial skills as Director of a health tech start up as well as consultancy roles on med tech projects Royal Colleges, NHS Digital & multinational corporates. Rich also founded ForMyDoctor® and is the GP lead & advisor on two clinical decision support projects, Paediatric Care Online UK from the Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health, and UpToDate® from Wolters Kluwer (over 1.3 million users worldwide).

Dr Sandeep Bansal

Dr Bansal founded Medic Bleep to enable secure and reliable clinical communication for primary, secondary, tertiary and social care. In 2014, he set up Medic Creations and, since launching their first product, has been awarded enterprise contracts for NHS organisations.

Mr Ashish Chokshi

Ashish Chokshi is a NHS Digital Health Navigator for the DigitalHealth.London Accelerator and a Specialist Optometrist. Following the Darzi Fellowship, Ashish has held a Clinical Informatics Fellowship with UCLPartners helping deploy an innovative solution for MS patients across the NHS. Subsequently he has gone on to work in other roles both clinically as a Specialist Optometrist, and in the healthcare innovation space as the UK Clinical Lead for the European Pro4VIP project.

Chris Sawyer

Chris has had an interesting and diverse career in the Medical Technology sector. This includes over 25 years working for two of the global market leading medical device companies; Hewlett Packard and Philips Medical Systems. Chris is now the Innovation Lead for Digital Health at Innovate UK and is the architect of the Digital Health Technology Catalyst (DHTC), a £35m four-year collaborative research and development programme, being funded through the Industrial Strategy.

Dr Charlotte Wu

Charlotte Wu, MD is a primary care physician and the founder of Harness Health Partners, providing healthcare consulting focused on health system & technology innovation, human‐centred design, implementation strategy, and change management. Charlotte has led health system innovation and redesign efforts in multiple continents including Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas. She serves as a clinical adviser for health systems, start‐up companies, non‐profit medical organisations and on the American Medical Association’s committee overseeing practice redesign and digital health.

GP Entrepreneurs enrolled in the programme

The 2018 GP entrepreneurs 

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, which is a growing demand on the NHS with associated high costs. 

Farhan Amin

Founder of Concept Health, which uses virtual reality to provide personalised treatment to patients, delivering the interventions remotely with trained professionals to multiple patients at any one time. Providing treatment quicker than standard approaches, improving patient care and subsequently reducing the demand for GP appointments.

Monal Wadhera

Chief Medical Officer at LiveSmart, an innovative 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 such as at preconception to support improvements in patient care during and after pregnancy.

Nick Harvey

Founder of Digitalis, an intuitive and dynamic web and mobile application that connects and engages health and care communities, provides access to multiple resources along with learning recommendations, a learning diary and compliance passport. Organisations can connect with their members, monitor and upload compliance documentation and evidence of learning.

Rakeeb Chowdhury

Founder of Book Your GP, a tool which supports clinicians to automate essential and routine appointments and patient communications. The system reduces administrative work and costs, releasing healthcare professionals time. 

The 2019 GP entrepreneurs

Dr Abdullah Albeyatti

Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of Medicalchain, a health record system built using openEHR standards, supported and protected by blockchain technology. Medicalchain improves convenience through video telemedicine consultations where appropriate.

Dr Catherine Millington-Sanders

Co-founder of Difficult Conversations, a AI tech tool which supports improved communications and effective care planning and/or professional feedback for professionals delivering general practice online/virtually.

Dr Christopher Castle

Founder of GPEP - Muscle and Joint Empowerment Self-Management App, an app which delivers rehabilitation through the convenience of a smartphone. It aims to empower patients by handing them control and flexibility of their own healthcare pathway.

Dr Stephen Katebe

Co-founder of Tekihealth Solutions Limited, a telemedicine services that will provide a home visiting service for GP practices in under-doctored and deprived communities to help alleviate GP workload.

Dr Thomas Adler

Co-founder and director of Peak Medtek Ltd. Accidental falls are common (1 in 2 in the over 80s each year) and costly, affecting patients, carers, the NHS and Social Care. The B4Falls device is a simple and unique bedside innovation triggering a personalised alert designed to prevent night-time falls in the frail and elderly.

Innovators Mentorship Programme Pilot Sites

AT Group, Omar Din

AT Group is a group of three organisations: AT Medics, AT tech and AT Learning. It is a leading super partnership with a history of developing innovations and rolling them out nationwide.

One Care (BNSSG) Ltd, Scott Godley

One Care (BNSSG) Ltd is a GP Federation owned by 83 practices across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, who together care for around one million patients.

Sunderland GP Alliance, Jon Twelves

Sunderland GP Alliance is a GP Federation covering approximately 95% of patients across Sunderland. The Alliance also provides extended access services to the city’s entire 284,000 patients, organises and inputs into multi-disciplinary teams, participates in the national Clinical Pharmacy Pilot and runs Career Start schemes for GPs, practices nurses and HCAs.

Medway Innovation Hub (MiH), Sarah Leng

MiH is an innovation hub hosted by Medway Clinical Commissioning Group. Co-founded by Sarah Leng and Mayur Vibhuti, the innovation hub has a focus on quality improvement methodology to measure change and success.

South Westminster PCN, Jan Maniera

South Westminster PCN has a number of diverse practices within the PCN and has change management expertise and knowledge of medical devices. The PCN also has experience of taking new innovations to multiple sites within the PCN.

Bright Ideas Awards

The RCGP Bright Ideas Awards programmed supported grassroots innovation and new approaches to practice that improved primary care. These new approaches were celebrated by the College to recognise the efforts and ingenuity of frontline teams, to share new solutions to common issues and to inspire people working in primary care to innovate. The RCGP supported the sharing of ideas through its website [add link to landing page] and through Masterclass workshops. 

The Bright Ideas Awards programme ended in March 2020 - the RCGP will no longer be accepting submissions. Thank you to all who engaged with the programme.

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