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UCLPartners announces five fellows embarking on Innovation Fellowship

10 February 2022
Five NHS staff from across London and Essex Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) embark on a 12-month programme to develop their health solutions.

UCLPartners has announced the five fellows to take part in their first Innovation Fellowship, a 12-month programme supporting NHS staff to develop their health innovation solutions. 

The Fellowship, aimed at innovators working within Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) in the London and Essex region, was developed to foster local innovation and meet NHS priorities. The programme will provide the Fellows with support around key business areas including evidence generation, pitching for investment, building a business case, and implementation.

The Fellows, selected for the innovative health solutions addressing NHS challenges, are:

  • Dr Pratheep Sunatharamoorthy, GP Partner, AbbaMoor Surgery, North East London, and CareIQ innovator, a digital health platform that aims to improve the management of patients with chronic health conditions
  • Dr Naveen Keerthi, Locum Registrar, Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust, and Doc2uk innovator, that streamlines and accelerates employment of overseas doctors and nurses into the NHS
  • Michael Chalmers, Head of Mental Health Law, Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust and ‘Sidekick’ innovator, a comprehensive database solution for Mental Health Act administration and governance. 
  • Lola Adegunle, Senior Human Resources Business Partner at Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust, and ‘Note and Nip It’ innovator, an app that allows employees to raise concerns and support NHS organisations implement interventions to support staff and retain workforce 
  • Dr Dilshan Arawwawala, Senior Consultant in Anaesthesia and Chief Clinical Information Officer, Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust, and ‘Shift Partner’ innovator, addressing the complexity of staffing challenges within NHS organisations through smart, skills-based allocation and e-rostering

Suzanne Ali-Hassan, Deputy Director – Commercial and Innovation, UCLPartners said: 

“We’re excited to get started with this group of innovators that are each tackling a challenge that they have identified whilst working within the NHS. Using our in-depth experience with commercial entities, we will guide and educate them to develop their health solutions, equipping them with everything they need to carve a realistic route to market.” 

Clare Panniker, Chief Executive of Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust, and programme sponsor said:

“Those on the ground in the NHS are best-placed to identify issues and use their knowledge and expertise to create a solution. The aim of this programme is to take a proof-of-concept innovation and provide the tools to enable them to develop it, ready for implementing in the NHS. We back this Fellowship as a way of encouraging local innovation and addressing gaps in healthcare.”

This programme will be delivered by UCLPartners with support from partners, through workshops, clinics, 1:1 coaching, and NHS brokering. UCLPartners has extensive experience in supporting innovators and businesses with products and technologies addressing health priorities, to develop a realistic route to market. 

For more information, view our innovation fellowship pages, or contact Kim Watson, Communication Lead, at