Applications for the NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Programme are open! The deadline for applications is 1pm on 13th October 2020.

As a proud sponsor and mentor for the Programme, we highly recommend this to any NHS staff member who has an innovative idea to improve patient care.

For more information and to apply please visit: https://www.england.nhs.uk/aac/what-we-do/how-can-the-aac-help-me/clinical-entrepreneur-training-programme/

Overview of the NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Programme

The Clinical Entrepreneur training programme is a workforce development programme for clinical and non-clinical NHS staff, run by NHS England and NHS Improvement’s Innovation, Research and Life Sciences group. The programme welcomes applications from a diverse range of clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals with an interest in entrepreneurship and innovation – could this be you or someone you know?

It is the biggest entrepreneurial workforce development programme of its kind, aiming to provide the commercial skills, knowledge and experience needed to successfully develop and spread innovative solutions to the challenges facing the NHS for the benefit of patients, staff and the wider NHS. More than 500 individuals including doctors, dentists, healthcare scientists, nurses and midwives, allied health professionals and pharmacists, have joined the programme since it launched in 2016.

The programme offers expert mentoring, exclusive networking, and bespoke training to develop innovative ideas into products and businesses to benefit NHS patients. The curriculum covers all aspects of setting up and running a small business, including attracting investors, applying for funding, and ensuring appropriate corporate governance. Training on how to build a start-up, and how to operate in this highly charged environment, is delivered as a series of educational events attended by industry mentors. The programme allows entrepreneurs to pursue their innovation without having to leave the health service, providing a wider benefit to economic growth through inward investment in the health, social care and life science sectors.

The programme offers:

  • one-to-one mentoring and coaching
  • networking opportunities and system introductions
  • placements and internships
  • bespoke advice and guidance on setting up and running a successful business
  • business planning support
  • educational ‘pit stop’ events, topic-specific workshops and guest speakers
  • expert webinars, video content and e-learning
  • accredited curriculum
  • invitations to conferences and events
  • pitching opportunities
  • news, communications and media
  • signposting to investment sources, sponsorship offers, funding opportunities, awards and prizes
  • time out for entrepreneurial activities
  • peer-to-peer support forum
  • badge of permission
  • professional development including assessing and improving entrepreneurial skills.

About The Author

Avi Mehra
Co-Founder & Managing Director

Avi is an Associate Partner and Clinical Leader at IBM Watson Health, and Co-Founder & Managing Director at Doctorpreneurs.

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