eGPLearning PodBlast Episode 3 December 2017

On 21st December @DrGandalf52 and I donned our Christmas jumpers and met up to record more content for the eGPLearning Podlast.

It (was) Christmas!!!

We talked about Headspace and NHS Quicker apps and about the recent NHS Ideas Hackathon.

Please listen in at  home, in the car or on your commute.


Introductions and declaration of interests:

Dr Andrew Foster:

  • GP Partner Nottingham
  • Director NCGPA – Nottingham GP Federation
  • Creator of
  • RCGP Vale of Trent Faculty Honorary Secretary
  • Blog –
  • Twitter – @DrAWFoster

Dr Hussain Gandhi:

  • GP Partner Nottingham
  • Former Chair RCGP Vale of Trent Faculty
  • Treasurer GP Survival
  • Owner SystmOne Facebook User Group
  • Owner
  • Twitter – @DrGandalf52

Thanks to listeners for feedback and comment from episode 1:

  • @SonaliKinra
  • @NCGPANottm
  • @AnnieMeakin
App Reviews

Headspace APP

In the news

NHS ideas “hackathon” 2017

NHS quicker app

Next interview…

Next time we will be interviewing Amon Arora a GP, health education innovator and owner of Arora Medical education. He is a pioneer in the use of video and social media in GP training.

Check out Aman and his activities, @aman999arora,

Thanks for reading/listening and look out for the next exciting episode…

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eGPLearning PodBlast Ep. 2: Interview with Zoomdoc founder Dr Kenny Livingstone

Back for episode 2. Improved and shorter at 17 minutes. Perfect for your commute.

In this episode, Dr Gandhi Husein interviews Dr Kenny Livingstone, the founder and CEO of Zoomdoc. Zoomdoc is a smartphone app designed to connect patients with local GPs in their area for home visits. They discuss Kenny’s journey to date creating the app, the challenges faced by medical entrepreneurs and what his plans are for the service in the future.

Listen below. Enjoy!


Introducing… eGPLearning PodBlast Episode 1

One of many things that changed in 2017 was my in car listening habits.

Driving to and, in particular, home from work used to be relaxing. But over the course of 2016 and 2017 something changed. I was arriving home more angry, more irritable, more worried.

Eventually, I worked it out. It was the radio. My brain was beginning to reject Radio 4’s constant assault of Brexit, Trump and bad news.

So I tried something different and started listening to podcast on my iphone instead.

Now I arrive at my destination inspired by an insightful interview, informed by a lively debate or perhaps even having learnt something new.

I encourage you all to turn off your car radio and try listening to a good podcast instead.

To cater to your listening needs and provide a podcast option containing news and interviews from a GP/Tech slant, @DrGandalf52 and I have joined forces to bring you the eGPLearning Podblast.

Please take episode 1 for a test drive and let us know what you think. Be kind, this is our first roadtrip and we are still have the L plates on the car…

Show notes:

Introductions and declaration of interests

Dr Andrew Foster:

Dr Hussain Gandhi:

  • GP Partner Nottingham
  • Former Chair RCGP Vale of Trent Faculty
  • Treasurer GP Survival
  • Owner SystmOne Facebook User Group
  • Owner
  • Twitter – @DrGandalf52

NICE Health App Briefings:

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Chatbot vs NHS111 trial cancelled as patients game the system

Tuesday lunchtime saw a lively discussion in the staff room at Middle Street Surgery. Dr Puddle, iPhone in one hand and sandwich in the other, proclaimed that everyone’s job was safe!

Well, for a little longer at least.

He had just heard via Twitter that the North London trail to replace NHS111 call handlers with Babylon’s artificially intelligent chatbot symptom checker had been abandoned.

It seems, he went on… That patients, who have to wait days or even weeks for a GP appointment, might deliberately game the symptom checker if they think it will get them a quicker appointment.

Dr Puddle looked up and around at a room of knowing looks and unsurprised faces.

The staff room had a number of thoughts about why the trial may have failed…

1. Wrong solution for the wrong problem? Efforts to improve access when capacity is the problem will not help

There are a finite number of GPs, nurses and appointments and a seemingly unquenchable demand. Getting an appointment can often feel like a competition. When systems change, patients wise up quickly and soon learn how to maximise their chance of getting an appointment. Call earlier, ring at certain times of the day when slots are released, drop in as the surgery opens. A new equilibrium is quickly reached.

New ways of booking an appointment don’t change things for long if the problem is that there aren’t enough appointments in the first place.

Attempts to improve capacity by simply improving access can backfire and overwhelm already over stretched services.

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5 lessons for Doctors from Elon Musk

Ask entrepreneurs and innovators who they most admire and one name invariably rises toward the top of the list.

Elon Reeve Musk

Elon Musk is a South African – Canadian – American billionaire technology entrepreneur. He is currently riding a wave of successes at his three main companies. If his form continues, he may well be remembered as one of the great figures of the 21st century.

  • At Tesla, Musk is disrupting the motor industry by making electric cars that are actually usable and desired by consumers. He has traditional automakers playing catch up.
  • SolarCity is making solar roof tiles and home battery storage solutions with the aim of eliminating our dependence on fossil fuels.
  • At SpaceX, Musk has dramatically cut the cost of sending satellites, and soon humans, to space by making reusable rockets a reality. He ultimately aims to make mankind an interplanetary species and establish a colony on Mars.

Not content to simultaneously revolutionise 3 industries, he has also found time to form companies to promote various other ideas, causes and concepts.

  • Supersonic intercity travel in vacuum tubes (HyperLoop)
  • Saving the world from rogue Artificial Intelligences (OpenAI)
  • Building a network of tunnels under Los Angeles to alleviate traffic congestion (TheBoringCompany)
  • Melding the capabilities of man and computer with brain-machine interfaces (Neuralink)

And he still has had time to father 6 children and inspire Robert Downey Junior’s portrayal of Tony Stark in the recent Marvel Iron Man and Avenger films…

Elon Musk makes a cameo in Iron Man 2

In fact it is difficult to write about Musk without feeling like a large man crush is being revealed to the world.

Musk also his his critics. He has been called a hyperactive, attention seeking, exaggerater. Former employees and colleagues will often describe a demanding and sometimes bullying darker side.

Such was my fascination with this figure that I recently read Ashley Vance’s biography of Musk.

I have tried to digest the information and distill some lessons relevant to my life/role as a GP interested in organisational development and technology… They may be of interest to you too…

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Helen Stoke Lampard Speaks to RCGP Vale of Trent June 2017

On 22 of June Helen Stokes came to visit Nottingham and spoke to local GPs at an RCGP Vale of Trent Faculty evening event. She spoke about “The Future of GP” and was quizzed by questions from members.

Dr Stokes-Lampard discussed:

  • The role of the RCGP
  • Progress with GPFV
  • Handling the snap election and the unexpected result
  • That handshake with Jeremy Hunt (he has two GP sister-in-laws apparently)
  • Glass ceilings in medicine
  • Working at scale

In an RCGP first, the event was streamed live on the faculties facebook page. It was great fun for our team to experiment with new technology and innovate.


Sit back and enjoy 36 minutes of HSL…