Welcome to the Clinical Entrepreneur Programme
Phase 4 Launch
The 2018 application process opened on 5th March 2018 and has a closing date of 31st March. In addition to Doctors, Dentists and Healthcare Scientists, places on this prestigious programme will now be also offered, through competitive process, to Nurses and Midwives, Allied Health Professionals, and Pharmacists who are developing clinical innovations and enterprises to improve patient care and support service redesign. Successful applicants will be appointed for a year between September 2018 - August 2019. Documentation relating to the application process will be retained throughout this time.
The application portal will be open and accessible from this page between 5th- 31st March. Interviews will take place in May and June in Leeds and London.
Professor Tony Young, NHS England’s National Clinical Lead for Innovation hosted two webinars recently for potential applicants which provide further information on the programme.Recordings are available on the following links:
A copy of the presentation slides is available at the bottom of this page.
About the 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 is sponsored by:
- AHSN Network
- Alder Hey
- Anglia Ruskin University, Mid & South Essex STP, Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Eastern AHSN
- Boehringer Ingelheim
- Connect Health
- Doctorpreneurs Ltd
- EIP LLP
- InHealth Ventures
- Intergrated Care 24 Limited (IC24)
- Johnson & Johnson
- Leeds University
- Oliver and Company
- ORCHA Health Ltd
- Royal College of Anaethetists
- Royal Society of Medicine
- Shakespeare Martineau LLP
- Start-Up Leadership Programme
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
- Advice on 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.
The recruitment of junior doctors started for the August 2016 training intake, over 200 Clinical Entrepreneurs are now on the programme. They are appointed for a year following the academic calendar. All documents and information submitted for the application will be held confidentially for one year.
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 Future Health Journal has published an article on innovation in healthcare by one of our Clinical Entrepreneurs, Christopher Kelly, and Tony Young: http://futurehospital.rcpjournal.org/content/4/2/121.full.pdf+html
The third round of recruitment included Healthcare Scientists and Dentists with the programme commencing in autumn 2017.
The dates for the educational pit stops which provide an overview of many key aspects of business and finance are:
Pit Stop Four – 28 February/1 March 2018 in Leeds
Pit Stop Five – 26/27 March 2018 in London
Pit Stop Six – 11/12 May 2018 in Leeds
Pit Stop Seven – 22/23 June 2018
Pit Stop Eight – July 2018 (provisional date 3rd July)
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 about the Pit Stops:
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.”
Mark Mikhail - Clinical Entrepreneur: "Love the programme!"
Maureen Anderson - Mentor: " Thanks for organising yesterday's event in Leeds - great to catch up with mentees and make new contacts. The guest speakers were particularly interesting".
Chris Whittle - Clinical Entrepreneur: "Thanks for a great pit stop in Leeds!"
Tom Micklewright - Clinical Entrepreneur: "Thanks again for another great pit-stop this week."
Dr Harpreet Sood
Dr Harpreet Sood has been involved in a variety of different entrepreneurial innovations, in both the UK and the USA, but they have not contributed to his core clinical education, meaning he has still not fully completed his specialist training.
Harpreet began with a social enterprise matching health policy and management internships with medical students, developed while he was working as a junior doctor in London. But it was on travelling to Boston, Massachusetts to study for his Masters degree in public health at Harvard, that he was able to be involved with two patient-focussed health start-ups: a smartphone app to enable personalised psychiatric and physical wellbeing for people with mental health conditions, and a video game designed to incentivise children to take their asthma medication.
He is now a Senior Fellow to the Chairman and Chief Executive of NHS England, and will take part in further development of the Integrated Clinical Entrepreneur Training programme. He said: “The key aspect of my work in Boston was that as a clinical innovator I was supported and had dedicated time to take an idea forward. Just like we allow time for clinical audits and research projects, we need to support clinical innovators in the NHS so they have the time and guidance to develop ideas into solutions that solve real healthcare problems.
“The training and guidance I received taught me a great deal about the realities of innovation and entrepreneurship. We realised the market actually needed a simpler solution than our asthma start-up, so it failed but that was okay. Many lessons were learnt including the difficulty in creating video games with sensor technology that children will engage with. Both the fellowship programme and the core training under Clinical Entrepreneur will be invaluable in helping clinicians master the different disciplines required in entrepreneurship – while keeping them within the NHS.”
Professor Tony Young presents "Redesigning Care - Empowered Patient to Clinician" Exponential Medicine 2016