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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:

7th March 2018 webinar

14th March 2018 webinar

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

  • Cabinet Office

  • UKTI/Healthcare UK

  • Innovate UK

  • AHSN networks

  • NHS Providers

  • NICE

  • MoD
  • Public Health England

  • NHS Improvement

  • NHS Digital

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
  • InHealth Ventures
  • Intergrated Care 24 Limited (IC24)
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Leeds University
  • MedCity
  • Oliver and Company
  • ORCHA Health Ltd
  • Roche
  • 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

Phase 3

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.

Clinical Entrepreneur programme launch event photo.

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." 

Available documents for download:

Small arrow Case studies

Dr Jean Nehme

Jean Nehme is set to be one of the first applicants for the Integrated Clinician Entrepreneur Training fellowship scheme.

Jean co-founded Touch Surgery with Andre Chow, while he was training in plastics and reconstructive surgery, and Andre was training as a general surgeon and completing his PhD in stem cell research.

Working together with surgical training institutions, Touch Surgery provides a fully mobile surgical training platform that trainees – and more senior surgeons brushing up their skills – can access on any tablet or smartphone. Learners can practice fully simulated surgery and techniques  wherever they are, and the system also provides state-of-the-art analytics to hospitals, allowing personalised and real time feedback. Its communication system also allows surgical teams from around the world to share their knowledge and experience.

Touch Surgery now has a growing user base of more than 350,000, and has secured more than $10 million in venture capital investment.

But both Jean and Andre had to take time away from their continuing specialist training to build Touch Surgery.

Jean said: “The reason why any healthcare entrepreneur innovates is because they want to make a difference to patient care globally. To allow clinicians to do that, I think it is important for the NHS to facilitate this through a specialist program for individuals who want to be involved.

“I want to have a clinical role that allows me to innovate, so I am excited by the opportunity to be involved in a program which connects both clinical and entrepreneurship responsibilities, allowing me to focus on improving healthcare delivery through the power of technology.”

Professor Tony Young presents "Redesigning Care - Empowered Patient to Clinician" Exponential Medicine 2016