Former NHS England chief operating officer Sir David Sloman has joined leading virtual ward technology provider Doccla as a senior advisor.

Sloman was previously appointed as NHSE’s chief operating officer in December 2021. Before that he was London regional director and group chief executive of the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, having joined Royal Free Hampstead Trust in 2009.

He was also formerly chief executive of the Whittington Hospital NHS Trust as well as chief executive of NHS Haringey and has spent his career in healthcare management, most of it in the NHS, although he worked for a number of years in the private healthcare sector.

On joining Doccla, Sir David Sloman said: “I thank my NHS colleagues for their support and counsel over the years and my eternal gratitude is with the people that deliver care across the country every single day.

“As I look to my next professional chapter, joining Doccla and working alongside their NHS partners was a straightforward decision. Remote patient monitoring has remarkable upsides for patients and the health service, and I am very excited to advance this vital matter as part of the Doccla team.”

Launched in the UK during the pandemic, Doccla was created following the unexpected heart attack of its founder, Martin Ratz, who soon realised the immense benefits of virtual ward and monitoring technology to patients and healthcare systems.

Since then, the company has experienced extraordinary growth: today it is present in one in three of all Integrated Care Systems (ICS) in the UK.

To date, Doccla has already saved thousands of bed days for the NHS and has achieved a 29% reduction in Emergency Admissions and a 20% reduction in A&E attendance for client health trusts.

On the appointment of Sloman, Doccla founder Martin Ratz said: “For Doccla to continue to deliver care to patients at home across the UK and support our superb NHS partners, we must have the best possible people in our corner.

“We are delighted that Sir David has come aboard and his experience will be invaluable as we further our mission to reduce and prevent in-patient admissions and save the NHS time and money.”

In August 2023 Doccla acquired medically certified cloud-based platform OpenTeleHealth, which immediately expanded Doccla’s global presence, meaning the company now has clients in 13 countries (10 in Europe), with almost 10,000 patients under active monitoring.