What is the Future of Medicine? – A collaboration between Innovators and Medical Professionals.

6.30pm, Level 3, 9 Devonshire Sq, London , EC2m 9YF

Join us for an informal gathering of Medical leaders and Innovators to discuss the Future of Medicine. The discussion will be followed by a reception to celebrate and encourage greater collaboration between medical professionals and innovators.

The Panel Chairs’ MSD’s Dr Junaid Bajawa and Selfless’s Pete Street will discuss with Dr Harpreet Sood of NHS England, Dr Umang Patel of Bayblon, Dr Clare Guest of Medical Detection Dogs and Dr Will Doward of GPDQ what place innovation has in the healthcare field.

The latest NHS Review stipulates that the NHS intends to make billions of pounds in efficiency savings over the next 10 years. Technology and Innovation are seen as key tools in achieving these efficiency savings. Therefore Selfless is keen to explore the idea of Innovation as a Currency, the term and idea supported by Sir Bruce Keogh (CEO of NHS England).

We are also looking to explore how this concept of ‘currency’ might be made reality, as a practical way to reward both innovators and medical professionals for their ideas and improvements.  How might seemingly unconventional ideas, such as using dogs for the detection of cancer, be rewarded and even actively encouraged?  Further, what does the future hold for innovation within the medical field?  Is there room for private healthcare companies to solve problems such as NHS waiting times and how do we maintain patient care and ensure improved outcomes ?

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Dr. Umang Patel, Clinical Specialties Director – Babylon

Umang is an NHS Paediatrician, served as a clinical fellow for the NHS Leadership Academy and a trustee of Attend, the UK’s national charity for volunteers. Umang has joined babylon from Aviva, where he was the Director of Clinical transformation and responsible for a series of new initiatives in the model of healthcare delivery.

Dr Harpreet Sood, Senior Fellow, to the Chairman and Chief Executive’s Office of NHS England.

Harpreet trained as a clinical doctor at King’s College London and Imperial College Business School and practiced as an academic trainee in East London. Following this he did a Masters in Public Health (MPH) at Harvard University where he focused on international health policy and co-founded a digital health start-up. Harpreet’s portfolio of work at NHS England includes implementing the National Diabetes Prevention Programme.

Dr Will Doward – CEO of GPDQ

Will Doward graduated as a doctor in 1998 from Manchester Medical School and later specialised in Plastic Surgery. He left medicine in 2007 to pursue an MBA at the Judge Business School, Cambridge and subsequently has held several positions in VC backed startups in the media and consumer tech spaces. He is currently CEO of GPDQ, a new healthcare startup that allows patients to order a private doctor from their smartphone.

Dr Claire Guest – CEO of Medical Detection Dogs

Medical Detection Dogs are currently working on a number of pioneering research projects involving canine olfaction, including the training of dogs to detect cancer, blood sugar changes, Addison’s disease and narcolepsy. Claire was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science in recognition of an outstanding contribution to development of new approaches for the detection of life threatening diseases. In 2015, Claire was awarded the British Citizen Award for life-saving work in the management of long-term illnesses and the research into early cancer detection.

Panel Chair


Dr Junaid Bajwa, GP, Director of Healthcare Services, MSD
Qualified as a GP in 2009, Junaid has since gone on to undertake a number of roles within the NHS (CCG Governing body member, Public Health Associate, London Clinical Senate Council member) whilst maintaining his clinical practice. He has an interest in population health improvement, education, and clinical leadership, and from June 2014- March 2015, was seconded to the NHS Leadership Academy as part of their Fast Track Executive Programme. Since April 2015, he has been appointed as the Director of Healthcare Services for MSD in the UK; a unit which works with the health system to deliver innovative solutions to reimagine the delivery of healthcare: focusing on population health improvement, and improving the patient experience.

What is the Future of Medicine? – 6.30pm, 8th Sept.

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