Doctorpreneurs is delighted to have been appointed as an official sponsor for the NHS England Clinical Entrepreneur Programme. We are excited to be working in partnership with this national programme to help nurture an even greater number of innovative and entrepreneurial clinicians across the NHS.

The Clinical Entrepreneur 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 programme, which was launched by Sir Bruce Keogh in 2016, is designed to keep the most forward-thinking, entrepreneurial clinicians within this country, bringing the benefit of cutting-edge new treatments and care pathways to the patients who need it – and keeping more of the money generated within the British economy. It offers opportunities for NHS staff to develop their entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial aspirations by helping to develop and scale their most innovative idea.

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

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/intercalated 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 startup
  • Educational ‘Pit Stop’ Events – bringing together complimentary high value programmes
  • Funding – signposting, finding, connecting to investment sources.
  • Networking events – regional and national events coordinated 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).

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