Are you a Scottish Healthcare worker interested in innovation? The NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Programme is once again open to Scottish innovators!

Inviting budding entrepreneurs from Scotland to apply for this ground-breaking programme that are helping bring innovations into the NHS to improve patient care.

The NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Programme (CEP) will be welcoming applications for cohort 8, from the 2nd October 2023. We invite budding entrepreneurs from Scotland to apply for this ground-breaking programme that is helping bring innovations into the NHS to improve patient care.

It is truly amazing what can happen when you empower the NHS’ most valuable asset: its staff and encourage them to push beyond the bounds of possibility.” Professor Tony Young OBE, National Clinical Lead for Innovation NHS England; Professor of Entrepreneurship and Medical Innovation, Anglia Ruskin University

The NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Programme, delivered by Anglia Ruskin University and part of the Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC), is the biggest entrepreneurial workforce development programme of its kind.

This year long programme is free and open to all NHS Scotland workforce. It provides learning, opportunities and experiences through which our entrepreneurs develop the commercial skills and knowledge to accelerate their innovations that will, in turn help transform patient care, as well as providing them with the entrepreneurial knowledge and experience that will help them in their day jobs. A dedicated programme on how to build a start-up or develop an intrapreneurial idea is delivered as a series of educational events called pit stops, which can be attended either in person or virtually.

Our inclusive programme and its diverse community create a space where NHS staff can develop their innovation or idea without having to leave the health service. The programme offers mentoring, bespoke commercial education, customer matching, resources, development tools and access to a community of likeminded individuals and industry experts.

In addition to this, Scottish applicants will have additional support from the Scottish coordination group which consists of representatives from the Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre, Scottish Government Chief Scientist Office, Scottish Enterprise, NHS Education Scotland and InnoScot Health. The coordination group will support the Scottish candidates in their innovation journey and help them to identify Scottish support while providing networking and collaboration opportunities into the wider Scottish innovation and entrepreneurial landscape.

"The strength of the programme is really in its network of likeminded people all working towards a common purpose to improve healthcare.” Dr Debbie Wake, CEO and Chief Medical Officer at My Way Digital Health and NHS Clinical Entrepreneur.

We are encouraging all NHS Scotland workforce staff, with a great idea, at any stage of development to apply for this exceptional opportunity - could this be you or someone you know?

Applications open 2nd October 2023 and close 29th October 2023

To find out more and to apply visit NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Programme If you want to find out more, please join us at the following events:

CEP Prep September/ October 2023, various dates This series of webinars aims to get you application ready. Register via the CEP website

Inno Scot Webinar - Empowering healthcare professionals to transform services through innovation. 27th September 2023, 12:00 – 13:00, Online The session will be a fantastic chance for attendees to learn more about how to develop their entrepreneurship aspirations, hear first-hand experiences, and be inspired to get involved in driving forward healthcare innovation. In attendance will be previous NHS CEP cohort entrepreneurs Dr Debbie Wake and Dr Tamsin Holland Brown, 27th September 2023, Register via the InnoScot website

NHS CEP. Glasgow Pit stop – Day 1 taster. 11th October 2023, 17:45, The Studio, Glasgow Join us for a programme taster at our Glasgow pit stop. Hear from founders, industry experts and our partners at Digital Health Innovation Centre part of the University of Strathclyde and learn more about the CEP. Register via the NHS CEP website

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