Applications open for the Clinical Entrepreneur Programme


Posted on 24 November 2016 (Permalink)

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. 

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 offers:

  • time for entrepreneurial activity - less than full time training, annualised job planning and time out from clinical duties for three, six or 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 business and procurement knowledge
  • Education – commercially relevant opportunities including expert webinars, video content, e-learning and flexible university interoperable and recognised accredited modules that can be used towards PGCert, PGDip, Masters and undergraduate and intercollated qualifications for interested students. The curriculum includes 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 and overview of how to build a start up
  • Educational ‘Pit Stop’ events, bringing together complimentary high value programmes
  • Funding – signposting, finding and connecting to investment sources
  • Regional and national networking events, co-ordinated through AHSNs and other organisations such as Anglia Ruskin University.

For more information and to apply, visit the NHS England website