Digital health services provider Doctor Care Anywhere (DCA) has appointed Ben Kent as its new Chief Operating Officer.

Kent joins the business to support the delivery of its objective to become a leading global player in digital healthcare.

He will focus on developing DCA’s strategic presence and scaling up additional value streams, including for its virtual specialist capability and mental health services.

Doctor Care Anywhere is a doctor-founded digital healthcare company combining wellness and primary and secondary care under one platform.

Patients can access their medical records, virtual consultations, repeat prescription management, personalised health tracking and medication reminders.

Kent brings experience in a range of C-suite roles at both regulated health and insurance businesses, including as CFO at Simplyhealth and Group Director of Finance at Bupa.

He also brings international experience, having previously held roles in Australia and North America, which he will use to support DCA with its international expansion plans.

Bayju Thakar, founder and Managing Director at Doctor Care Anywhere, said: “I am delighted that Ben has decided to join Doctor Care Anywhere. His enviable experience and expertise will be a brilliant asset as we move forward with our strategic growth plans.

“He is well liked and widely respected within the industry, and he shares our passion for empowering patients with knowledge and helping clinicians deliver better outcomes for all. We’re thrilled to have him on board.”

On his appointment, Kent added: “I am hugely excited to join Doctor Care Anywhere, a company at the forefront of much-needed innovation in the healthcare sector. DCA’s company mission has never been more important in today’s post-Covid world. I look forward to starting work with the team and helping the company reach new heights of success as it continues to deliver an industry gold standard of end-to-end care.”