Mohamad Iskandarani

Mohamad Iskandarani Horizon Fellow

Clinical Research Fellow, Planned Care Division

Chelsea Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Biography: Mohamad studied Medicine at the University of Nottingham and Gained a Masters degree from the University of London. Following on from this, he undertook Foundation Training in London and subsequently went on to complete Core Surgical Training.

During his early years as a Doctor, Mohamad noticed the importance and benefits that could be gained from offering digital services to patients. This offered a wide range of benefits including improving useability, interactivity, and efficiency, and meant that patients could engage more effectively, which results in greater utilisation of services. Mohamad subsequently took up a Clinical Research Fellow post in Digitalising Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMS) in the Colorectal Department at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. Mohamad felt this post would allow him to gain knowledge and experience in the field and that he could eventually deliver a service that could be sustainable for years to come.

Horizon Fellowship project summary: Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMS) provide vital information for clinicians, departments, and researchers. They allow them to better understand how interventions impact the daily lives of patients and this is especially the case in cancer patients. This information is often collected on paper forms, which has many drawbacks. Mohamad looks to utilise and contribute towards a digital platform in use at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

The aim of the project is to develop means of increasing patient engagement and to maximise on the amount of information gathered. This information is then analysed and will contribute towards research, which will ultimately improve patient care in years to come.

Estimated number of patients / staff impacted by the project: The project looks to expand to a regional/national level, so these numbers are yet to be confirmed. Currently they have just over 300 patients who have engaged with the project and 10 clinicians.

Goal(s) for time on the Horizon Fellowship programme:

  • To gain experience in project design and delivery.
  • To engage and network with individuals who place an emphasis on providing digital services in health care.
  • To gain mentorship in ways of advancing his project.