New Medical Director, Dr Julian Neal.

 New Medical Director, Dr Julian Neal.

Julian qualified in medicine with distinction in 1979 from the University of Adelaide. Returning to England in 1980 he began training as a neurologist but switched to General Practice a couple of years later as he perceived this would enable him to pursue a wider range of interests. He joined Portsdown Group Practice as a partner in 1984 and was Senior Partner of Portsdown for almost 20 years during which time he oversaw the development of Portsdown into one of the largest and most innovative GP Practices on the south coast of England. During this time Julian pioneered the development of GP Fund Holding in Wessex, became a Non-Executive Director of a local District Health Authority, worked for the Department of Health, became the UK Chairman of the Annual Conference of Local Medical Committees, helped to establish an Out of Hours Co-operative, became a Partner of Circle, helped establish Babylon, a revolutionary digital medical delivery service and developed an expertise in handling complaints within the NHS.

Julian's interest in Telehealth began six years ago when his practice won a South Central SHA Innovation Award to develop one of the UK's first Telehealth monitoring services of patients with COPD. Shortly afterwards Julian began working with Telehealth Solutions as its Clinical Advisor and its 3 Million Lives Champion. He continued this work with Medvivo until 2014. During this time Julian designed and oversaw a large 2 year observational study which analysed in detail the effects of Telehealth on a cohort of 100 patients with COPD. He was ably assisted in this work by Professor Nick Bosanquet at Imperial College, London.

Having retired from NHS General Practice, Julian is now once more keen to develop the "game-changing potential" of Telehealth in the UK and overseas.


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