Welcome to the Clinical Entrepreneur Programme
25% of doctors completing foundation training in the UK each year do not immediately take up their specialist training posts and around 5% of junior doctors leave to pursue other opportunities. It is difficult for traditional clinical practice and training to keep pace with the drivers for change, and we need to engage these clinicians as future leaders of the NHS.
The Clinical Entrepreneur Training programme has been co-designed by NHS England and Health Education England to offer opportunities for doctors and the wider health professionals to develop their entrepreneurial aspirations. The wider partnerships supporting the programme are:
Health Education England – (lead on behalf of the English Deans)
National Institute for Health Research
General Medical Council
Public Health England
Establishing the first national level training programme for clinical entrepreneurs enables us to support and retain these clinicians, equipping them with the skills, knowledge, experience and leadership capacity needed to deliver on the promise of digital health, genomics, data analytics, advanced technology and social networks for the NHS. Retaining this talent pool drives up the quality of clinical care delivery and directly impacts the NHS’s contribution to the economic growth agenda.
The programme offers:
- Time for entrepreneurial activity - less than full time training, annualised job planning, time out from clinical duties for 3/6/12 months.
- Mentoring and coaching – from an acclaimed international faculty including commercial, financial, clinical, academic, managerial, third sector and public sector leaders and achievers.
- Entrepreneurial placements/internships – with industry, third sector, social enterprises and public sector organisations with both partner funded and self-funding options.
- Facilitation of relationships with commercial organisations to develop their business and procurement knowledge.
- Education – commercially relevant opportunities including expert webinars, video content, e-learning and flexible university interoperable/recognised accredited modules that can be used towards PGCert, PGDip, Masters and undergraduate/intercollated qualifications for interested students. Curriculum to include; overview of accounting, value creation and valuation, research, board meetings, teams, early failure, compliance and regulation, investors, intellectual property, sales and marketing, development cycle, funding rounds, the documents, case studies of entrepreneurs, overview of how to build a start up
- Educational ‘Pit Stop’ Events – bringing together complimentary high value programmes
- Funding – signposting, finding, connecting to investment sources.
- Networking events – regional and national events co-ordinated through AHSN and other organisations such as Anglia Ruskin University.
The programme is led by Professor Tony Young, the National Clinical Lead for Innovation, NHS England, with Professor Sir Bruce Keogh as the Senior Reporting Officer (SRO).
The recruitment of junior doctors started for the August 2016 training intake, with 104 Clinical Entrepreneurs now on the programme.
Eight educational ‘Pit Stops’ have been scheduled for the current cohort of Clinical Entrepreneurs. Another eight will run throughout the next academic year, from September 2017.
The second launch of recruitment for all doctors opened on 7 November 2016 and close the closing date has now been extended to 9am on Monday 12th December. This intake will have limited places. Interviews will be held in March 2017. The programme will commence in autumn 2017.
STATUS UPDATE (6th Dec 2016)
We are pleased to announce that we already have 149 applications started on the system.
The programme is set to open up to other clinical professionals in the NHS. Plans are currently being developed with support from NHS England leads. All NHS clinical professionals will be able to apply for similar training programmes linked to their own professional development pathways in 2017. A call for expressions of interest will be issued in Spring 2017.
The first Educational Pit Stop took place on 23 and 24 September 2016 at Second Home in London. The event was well attended by over eighty Clinical Entrepreneur and partners. The event provided an overview of many key aspects of business and finance.
The Clinical Entrepreneur Launch and Networking Event took place on the 23rd May at the Royal Society of Medicine in London. Please see the photo and a selection of quotes.
The event; speakers and pitches (from 33 mins and 1hr 13 mins) can be viewed here.
Quotes from the first Pit Stop:
Tony Young – National Clinical Lead for Innovation: “It was wonderful to see so many of our enthusiastic and aspiring Clinical Entrepreneurs at the first educational pit stop. The event was supported by key Mentors and Partners who shared their own career journeys, knowledge and experiences, delivering a thought provoking day. I am grateful for their support and know that the Clinical Entrepreneurs took away some key learning and are eager to learn more.”
Rob Chesters – Research and Innovation Unit, NHS England: “It was a privilege to present at the first pit stop and speak to the Clinical Entrepreneurs directly. The pit stop brought together a group of brilliant people with some very exciting ideas.”
Roger Harcourt Partner and Head of Healthcare at Shakespeare Martineau: “The event was really enjoyable, thank you. It was great to meet some of the entrepreneurs.”
Rebecca Morris – Clinical Entrepreneur: “Thank you to everyone for an amazing weekend at Second Home! It really was inspirational.”
Nakul Patel – Clinical Entrepreneur: “Firstly, let me commend you for organising the most wonderful session. I knew it was going to be good but it was AMAZING! I am so pleased to be in this fantastic programme!”
Matt Stammers – Clinical Entrepreneur: “The first pit stop was so good I am hooked.”
Watch Professor Tony Young Speaking at Exponential Medicine in San Diego 10/11/2015. Copyright Singularity University 2015