NHS England has opened an exciting opportunity for healthcare scientists who are developing clinical innovations or enterprises. The Clinical Entrepreneur Programme offers dozens of healthcare professionals the chance to expand their expertise through mentoring, coaching, educational ‘pit-stops’, networking events and potential entrepreneurial placements. This prestigious programme is also open to doctors, dentists, nurses, midwives, pharmacists and Allied Health Professionals so the phased selection process is highly competitive.
In the previous phase, 138 entrepreneurs, including five healthcare scientists, were selected to design and deliver new technological solutions and innovations in healthcare, such as new approaches to tackling sickle cell disease and allergic reactions. Previous participants have been awarded over £3.7m of public sector grants and seed-funding in addition to over £48m of private sector funding. More than 5.6 million patients and professionals have used innovations created on the Programme, ranging from educational training platforms for medics to GP video consultation technology and medical diagnostic devices.
The Clinical Entrepreneur Programme is supported by a range of partners including Health Education England, Public Health England and NICE as well as numerous academic and industry bodies. Professor Tony Young, NHS England’s National Clinical Lead for Innovation, recently hosted a webinar for potential applicants which provided further information on the programme; he also appeared on BBC Breakfast to talk about the latest innovations in the NHS.
Applications for the latest phase of the Programme will close on Saturday 31 March so if you are interested in pursuing this excellent opportunity, find out more and apply on NHS England’s Innovation Portal.