Innovators Mentorship Programme

The Innovators Mentorship Programme (IMP) is a flagship programme launched by the RCGP to support entrepreneurial GPs across the UK. Our Innovation Mentors provide support to entrepreneurial GPs with an innovation that addresses an unmet need in primary care (see IMP 2018 cohort) 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. 

Applications now open!

Applications are now open for GP entrepreneurs  and, new for 2019, we have opened applications for pilot sites  to join the programme to support GP entrepreneurs. Applications close on 22 July 2019. Key dates and more information for both entrepreneurs and pilot sites is available below.

Information for aspiring GP entrepreneurs

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 innovations that support the NHS and primary care. We encourage GPs who believe in proactively developing solutions to address unmet needs in primary care for the ultimate betterment of patients to apply. These innovations do not need to be novel but 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. This peer group will help you on your journey to becoming a successful entrepreneur. View our current GP entrepreneurs and our mentors
 
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 but essential travel and accommodation costs will be reimbursed. 

More information:

Key dates:

  • Applications close 22nd July 2019
  • Interviews 2-13 September 2019

Information for aspiring pilot sites

In an extension of the Innovators Mentorship Programme the RCGP is seeking applications from collaborative organisations (including federations, clusters and super-partnerships or similar) to work with our GP entrepreneurs as pilot sites! 

Lack of evaluation information and real-world evidence are potentially the biggest challenges to using innovations. IMP pilot sites will support addressing these challenges to give users and commissioners confidence on the appropriateness of a particular innovation.

Places are limited; up to ten organisations will be accepted on the programme to provide support to GP entrepreneurs. Pilot sites will be expected to help:

  • entrepreneurs develop their innovation in a setting that is unfamiliar to the entrepreneur  
  • identify what a site needs to do to implement the innovation, to quantify how easy or difficult it is to implement 
  • pilot the testing of the innovation to demonstrate the value of the innovation.

By becoming a pilot site, you will join a network of mentors, entrepreneurs, and innovators. In supporting entrepreneurs you will have firsthand experience of new tools, technologies, techniques and approaches that can continue to inform the future strategy of the organisation. There will also be opportunities to apply for funding in partnership with any entrepreneurs you support as they continue to progress the innovation. This would be separate to the programme but may be facilitated where possible.  

Pilot sites will not receive funding for these activities. The sites will have the benefit of sharing in the learning on the programme and opportunity to engage in other RCGP initiatives.  

Multi-site organisations that provide high quality general practice care in the UK are eligible to apply. This includes federations, quality clusters, primary care clusters, and super-partnerships in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Organisations must have been established for a minimum of at least two years. Applications must be led by a senior member of staff in the organisation who will champion the piloting ensuring the resources, staff time and opportunities are available to the entrepreneur. 

More information for pilot sites: 

Key dates: 

  • Applications close 22nd July 2019
  • Interviews 2 to 13 September 2019

Contact details:

If you have any questions or would like to be a mentor please email the Innovators Mentorship Programme Team

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