Clinical Lead Innovation

Accountable to

  • Assistant Director of Clinical Innovation and Research

Term of office

  • One-year fixed term (potential to renew at end of term) 


  • RCGP standard rate for clinical leads - 2 sessions per week and 46 weeks per year. Some travel required but will be fully reimbursed provided that the College travel booking system and policy is adhered to.

Overall purpose

  • To work alongside the RCGP's Innovation team to support the development of programmes to support RCGP members engage in and build capacity for innovation within general practice.

About RCGP

We are the professional membership body for GPs in the UK. Our purpose is to encourage, foster and maintain the highest possible standards in general medical practice. We support GPs through all stages of their career, from medical students considering general practice, through to training, qualified years and retirement.

About the Clinical Innovation and Research Centre

At the Clinical Innovation and Research Centre (CIRC) we deliver a wide portfolio of projects that serve to raise the profile of clinical areas in primary care. We work with GPs and practice staff, supporting them to deliver a better quality and level of care to their patients.

Working across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, we work in partnership with a variety of funders, including charities and government bodies, to develop practical support and resources. We champion innovation and quality to ensure that primary care is clinically effective and sustainable for the future. We continuously contribute to changing the face of primary healthcare by delivering excellence in clinical priorities, innovation, quality improvement and research.

The role

The Clinical Lead for Innovation will be responsible for providing clinical input and direction to the Innovation Department within CIRC, working alongside the Head of Department. They will assist in the development of programmes to support RCGP members engage in innovation and to celebrate innovative practice. 

It is expected that the post holder will focus activities on:

  • Providing clinical input into the active portfolio of innovation projects (including GP at Scale, Person Centred Care and Genomics).
  • Developing and supporting promotion of the Bright Ideas programme.
  • Supporting the ongoing development of the Innovators Mentorship Programme (IMP).
  • Supporting landscape monitoring, foresight and thought leadership in innovation and the future of practice. 
  • Advising on member and sector facing communication campaigns to best engage GPs in innovation.
  • The post holder will work alongside the management team, project clinicians, Heads of Departments and Assistant Director to further develop, support and manage work streams and generate new opportunities. They will work with external stakeholders, project funders and RCGP members to ensure that our work meets sector needs. 

Principal responsibilities

  • To provide clinical input into the RCGP's programme of innovation support and development.
  • To clinically lead projects within the department, including project steering and quality assurance, working with the Assistant Director of CIRC and alongside the Innovation team to prioritise work programmes and need for clinical input.
  • To work with key College staff and other clinicians to ensure that the College is responsive to the needs of GPs in terms of innovation and new models of care.
  • To collaborate with key College staff and clinicians in ensuring the innovation programme is fully integrated with other College functions including Research and Evaluation, Clinical Quality, Curriculum and Professional Development.
  • To identify new developments (national and international) and advise on their significance for the RCGP programmes.
  • To work collaboratively with the Assistant Director of CIRC and Innovation team to build and manage external relationships, including the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and other Medical Royal Colleges and professional bodies (medical and non-medical), national health services (UK-wide), charities and other organisations.
  • To work collaboratively with the Assistant Director of CIRC and innovation team to build the innovation programme and initiate new activities and projects.
  • To act on the request of the Chair of Council or other senior clinical leaders as a spokesperson or formal Representative for the College on matters relating to innovation and innovative practice as appropriate. 
  • To work collaboratively with the CIRC communications manager and College PR team to oversee website content and wider communications related to innovation as appropriate. 

Essential attributes

  • Be a member of the RCGP in good standing. (This includes international membership)
  • Hold the MRCGP or an equivalent postgraduate medical qualification 
  • To have been in active clinical practice as a GP within the past three years, that is:
    • On the GMC GP Register with a licence to practise in good standing
    • Undergoing annual GP appraisal that meets the requirements for revalidation
  • A wide-ranging and detailed knowledge of current, emerging and future innovations in general practice 
  • Experience of developing guidance, support and learning resources related to innovation in practice. 
  • An in-depth knowledge of the current challenges and opportunities facing general practice and primary care, both in the UK and globally. 
  • Experience of developing and implementing innovation/innovative approaches in the practice setting
  • Experience of representing general practice on the regional or national level to stakeholders within primary care and healthcare 
  • Experience of forming strategic relationships and influencing national level stakeholders
  • A demonstrable commitment to promoting scholarship in GP practice.
  • Demonstrable communication, team-building and leadership skills
  • Flexible, innovative and proactive style and working approach
  • Appropriate levels of IT literacy
  • Experience of income generation and bid writing

Desirable attributes

  • Postgraduate training and experience (for example, MSc, PhD) 
  • Experience of leading national programmes of innovation 
  • Experience as a GP trainer and of organising GP education and training
  • Track record of publications including articles and/or papers 
  • An in-depth knowledge of innovation in non-medical fields which can impact health provision
  • An understanding of the barriers to innovation 

How to apply 

Please send your CV and a covering letter addressing the requirements of the role to to be received no later than the closing date: 15 February 2019

Interview date

  • 6-8 March 2019

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