An app designed by King’s graduates is helping to open up new training opportunities for medical students.
Dr Tom Simpson and Dr Adam Pennycuick have developed a platform, Oslr, which enables doctors to let students know when they are available in busy hospitals. This facilitates more spontaneous learning opportunities, such as bedside teaching.
It also creates a record of the informal and often hidden teaching that takes place, allowing both doctors and students to log the quantity and quality of the teaching they are involved in.
Oslr, which is supported by the King’s Entrepreneurship Institute as part of their King’s 20 Accelerator programme, was designed after doctors felt that the delivery of education in a clinical environment was decreasing due to lack of time, resources and changes in the delivery of clinical care.
Over 300 users have downloaded the app at Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation trust, Oslr’s partners in rolling out the current version, and with further support from Health Education England and King’s, Tom and Adam are currently working on an upgrade which will incorporate exciting new features.
Anyone can have a good idea, but thanks to the support of King’s we are taking our ideas to the next level. As a doctor I have limited experience of the practical aspects of creating a viable business. The Kings20 Venture Accelerator programme has been so beneficial to me and the team, providing us with access to enthusiastic and supportive members of the business community.
Dr Tom Simpson
Interested in finding out more about the King’s Entrepreneurship 20 Ventures? Check out their website at http://www.kcl.ac.uk/innovation/innovation/entrepreneurship-institute/Entrepreneurship-Institute-Homepage.aspx
More information about the Oslr app can be found on Oslr’s website at http://www.oslr.co.uk/