Our entrepreneurs: Charles Taylor

In our latest #OurEntrepreneurs profile we meet cohort 7 Clinical Entrepreneur Charles Taylor, Doctor and Academic Specialist Foundation Programme trainee.

Tell us a bit about yourself 

Having recently graduated from Southampton Medical School, I am now starting as an Academic Specialist Foundation Programme trainee at St. George’s Hospital London.

Name: Charles Taylor, NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Cohort 7.

Occupation: Doctor and Academic Specialist Foundation Programme trainee.

During my undergraduate studies I completed a Surgical Skills Msc at Queen Mary’s University London and became well involved with clinical research and medical education.

Why did you apply to the programme and what are you looking forward to?

My primary interests lie within musculoskeletal healthcare, innovation, and healthcare reform. These interests led me to co-found Sina Medical Technology; an end-to-end digital musculoskeletal diagnostic and recovery service which was recipient to the Southwest Great British Entrepreneur 2021 Disruptor Award.

I was introduced to the NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Programme last year when it was recommended to me by my clinical tutor. After researching the programme and reading the stories of previous participants it seemed like a perfect fit for both me personally and for Sina Medical Technology.

Tell us about your innovation  

Musculoskeletal (MSK) injuries account for 30% of GP visits and the third largest area of NHS spending. Such injuries affect patients across the entirety of their life-course and have a severe impact on a patient’s quality of life. Despite this, access to appropriate services are often inadequate and patients rarely receive the care they require. Health-Tech and other digital health services are therefore becoming increasingly important in the current healthcare climate.

My start up is called Sina Medical Technology. Sina is an end-to-end musculoskeletal diagnostic and recovery service designed to guide patients from the point of injury and diagnosis through to rehabilitation without the need to unnecessarily visit a clinician. Sina is designed to enable the prioritisation of severe/acute cases, the avoidance of unnecessary interventions, greater diagnostic precision and the personalisation of diagnostics and physiotherapy rehabilitation. Sina aims to facilitate increased workforce productivity through assistance in automation and clinical operations optimisation.

As an active individual, I was constantly sustaining MSK injuries, be that on the rugby pitch, in the gym, at work or in day-to-day life. After being tired of waiting on long waiting lists and unable to afford private care, I thought there must be a more accessible and affordable solution in keeping with 21st century technologies.

Our vision is to remove the worlds musculoskeletal healthcare inequalities and empower anyone to have access to world-class musculoskeletal healthcare services. The data-driven innovative technology of Sina may be used in a public healthcare setting for triaging and management or by alternative services such as independent physiotherapists, private providers, insurers, employee assistance programs, sports clubs, and gyms. Our core values are medical accuracy, safety and security and unbiased research driven development.

What motivates you? 

It is hard to summarise what motivates me. I have always been driven and passionate about producing high quality work and as a medical student, I have always been eager to make an impact where I can, be this in my studies, my research or in sport. The idea of initiating change and creating impact on a national or global scale greatly excites me.

I am motivated by the potential positive impact healthcare innovation can have and I would love to one day be a contributor to this. My main aim is to leave the world of healthcare better off than how I joined it.

What are your ambitions for the next year?

By applying to the programme, I hope to gain the expertise and guidance to further explore my start-up whilst undertaking my foundation training. I believe this program will accelerate me towards achieving my goals of coupling clinical practice with innovation in healthcare.

During my career, I aim to improve the global healthcare ecosystem through collaborative research, data-driven innovation, and best clinical practice. I will endeavour to use empirical scientific evidence and innovation to bring together government, clinicians, and industry to transform health systems.

I am optimistic that within this program, I can work towards becoming a leader within healthcare reform. I am excited to further understand how innovation, business, clinical practice and technology work together within the NHS and beyond.

Why do you think innovation is important in healthcare?

Innovation is essential in all areas of life and healthcare is no exception. It is this innovation that pushes us forwards and drives change to enable continual improvement. I am a big believer in that just because something isn’t broken, it doesn’t mean it can’t be improved.

If national and global healthcare services are to keep up with increasing demands and pressures, innovation needs to be integral to their processes. Only when healthcare systems embrace innovation, dynamic working and greater adaptability will they be able to continue to grow sustainably.

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