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Welcome to the Clinical Entrepreneur Programme

The Clinical Entrepreneur programme is aimed at trainee doctors who have a ground breaking idea for a commercial, social or charitable enterprise.  The programme has been designed to support doctors who are keen to continue in clinical practice whilst developing their entrepreneurial ideas into reality.

Applications opened on the 11th November 2015 and closed on the 5th December 2015. Developed and managed jointly by NHS England and Health Education England, Clinical Entrepreneur specialty fellowship training, designed to keep pace with modern medicine will enable doctors to:

  • Take time out for entrepreneurial activity such as less than full time training, annualised job planning and arrange sabbaticals from clinical duties for three, six or twelve months
  • Access a mentoring and coaching scheme delivered through an acclaimed international faculty including commercial, financial, clinical, academic, managerial, charitable and public sector leaders and achievers
  • Undertake entrepreneurial placements and internships with industry, charities, social enterprises and public sector organisations with both partner-funded and self-funding options
  • Establish relationships with providers and customers to deliver pre-commercial procurement opportunities

As members of the first cohort, the Clinical Entrepreneur fellows will be a key part of the development of a new, supportive culture and drive for clinical innovation throughout the NHS. In addition to the fellowship scheme, entrepreneur training will be available to all as part of the core curriculum. Within this you will have access to:

  • expert webinars
  • video and e-learning opportunities that will build into recognised, accredited modules that can be used towards PGCert, PGDip, Masters and undergraduate-intercollated qualifications for interested students
  • Crash courses in accounting, value creation and valuation; research; board meetings and running teams; early death (of a project or idea); compliance and regulation; how to attract and work with investors; intellectual property rights; sales and marketing and development cycles along with competing for funding rounds and how to build a “start-up”
  • Networking events at regional and national level

These programmes will set fellows on the path to becoming the national and international clinical leaders of the future, as the UK cements its place at the leading edge of global healthcare entrepreneurship and ensures a future “brain gain” to the NHS.

Trainee doctors will form the first wave of fellows, but in future year’s trainees across all clinical disciplines including dental, nursing, midwifery, allied health practitioners, clinical scientists and pharmacists will join the programme. Furthermore we are exploring how patient and citizen entrepreneurs be included/benefit from the programme.

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.”


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