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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 junior doctors and the wider health professionals to develop their entrepreneurial aspirations during their clinical training period.  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

  • Cabinet Office

  • UKTI/Healthcare UK

  • Innovate UK

  • AHSN networks

  • NHS Providers

  • NICE

  • MoD
  • Public Health England

  • NHS Improvement

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 two streams:

The fellowship stream will offer:

  • 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.


The core stream will offer:


  • 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
  • Boot camp/Accelerator scheme – bringing together complimentary high value programmes e.g. ENTIQ, NHS Innovation Accelerator, AHSN, Healthbox, Rock Health, Leo Innovation Labs, Startup Health
  • Funding – signposting, finding, connecting to investment sources.
  • Networking events – regional and national events co-ordinated through AHSN and other organisations

Phase 1

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 Launch of the scheme was held on the 23rd May 2016 at the Royal Society of Medicine, London.

The recruitment of junior doctors has started for the August 2016 training intake with 83 fellowships offered and 12 offers of core training scheme to date.

Regional boot camps will be provided starting in September 2016 with eight events per annum

Phase 2

The launch of recruitment of wider clinical specialties (nurses/pharmacists/allied health professionals)  is planned for Spring 2017.



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.

Clinical Entrepreneur programme launch event photo.

Quotes from the evening

Liz Mear as facilitator said "The launch of the Clinical Entrepreneur programme showcased a number of fantastic innovations that are being rolled out by a cohort of entrepreneurial junior doctors, who have been selected via a robust recruitment process.  These innovations will make a difference to the lives of citizens, keeping them healthy, or if they do become patients, ensuring that they receive state of the art treatment.  Academic Health Science Networks are proud to support this programme and look forward to extending it to other groups of staff in future."

Alex Johnston Director of
Pitch@Palace said "Our National Health Service is one of the largest employers in the world. With such scale, innovation can become easily marginalised. Programmes like NHS Clinical Entrepreneurs demonstrate a sure commitment to entrepreneurialism from within; and the passion and fearlessness of the entrepreneurs is truly inspiring. Pitch@Palace is delighted to support their endeavours and wish them every success going forward"

Warwick Hill, CEO-in-Residence and MD Microsoft Accelerator London at Microsoft said "Innovation drives change within society and industry; being part of the NHS Entrepreneur program is something Microsoft is keen to support.  I was lucky enough to be part of the launch and see first-hand the dynamic ideas being brought to the NHS marketplace by the young doctors. Long may it continue.”

Toby Stone CEO from NewSquare.io said "Last night’s launch event at RSM brought together a remarkable array of people. What impressed me particularly was that this initiative was able to attract both the most senior people in the NHS, and equally senior people from the business world. It was reassuring to see top investors, successful entrepreneurs, and stalwarts of the startup scene, like
Pitch@Palace on the same stage as the National Medical Director of  NHS England. Most of all, seeing brilliant young medics pitching startup ideas, and knowing they will now receive the support they need to realise their ideas was great. Having the National Medical Director of NHS England shake the hand of a Junior Doctor who wants to be disruptive and change things sends out a strong message. Tony Young has managed to create something unique here."

Lindsay Owen, Deputy Director of Policy and Evaluation at the Prince’s Trust said “The Prince’s Trust is delighted to lend our support to the NHS’s Clinical Entrepreneurs programme.  Since 1983 The Trust has supported over 80,000 young people to set up in business and we are proud of how many of them have sustained their businesses with the support of volunteers.  We know that colleagues in the NHS share our values and the entrepreneurial spirit of many of our young people.  We are looking forward to tapping into the Clinical Entrepreneurs’ specialist expertise through establishing mentoring relationships with young people starting relevant businesses.  Independent evaluation of our programme shows that starting a business is a hugely positive opportunity for young people, and I’m sure that your own Entrepreneurs will discover this too. Thank you for this opportunity to broaden our partnership with the NHS.”


Small arrow Case studies

Dr Jean Nehme

CEO and Co-Founder of Touch Surgery, Jean worked with Andre Chow to develop the training platform whilst training as a general surgeon and completing his PhD in stem cell research...

Dr Hinnah Rafique

Hinnah set up Help Me I'm a Medic, a pioneering collaboration platform to train doctors, instead of speciality training following her post-graduate foundation medical education...

Dr Harpreet Sood

Harpreet is a Senior Fellow to the Chairman and Chief Executive of NHS England and has been involved in a variety of different innovations in the UK and USA...

Watch Professor Tony Young Speaking at Exponential Medicine in San Diego 10/11/2015. Copyright Singularity University 2015