A TRAINING scheme for clinicians whose innovative ideas could lead to major patient benefits has been opened up to healthcare scientists.
During 2016, more than 100 junior doctors developed their ideas and business skills through the Clinical Entrepreneur programme, run by NHS England and Health Education England, and applications are now being opened up to healthcare scientists.
The programme offers a range of support and education, including mentoring by leading medical technology innovators, to give budding entrepreneurs the business skills and industry know-how they need to make their ideas a reality.
NHS England’s National Clinical Lead for Innovation, Professor Tony Young, has spearheaded the programme’s development.
He said: 'When NHS England and Health Education England designed this programme back in 2016, there was no avenue for entrepreneurial doctors to get the training they needed without leaving the NHS for the private sector. The Clinical Entrepreneur programme is reversing this brain drain for physicians and surgeons, but we have great innovative people throughout the NHS, and need to offer the same kinds of opportunities across all our clinical professions. Opening the programme to healthcare scientists is the first step of this roll-out.'
NHS England’s Chief Scientific Officer, Professor Sue Hill, added: 'We are delighted to open up this fantastic opportunity to our Healthcare Scientists. This prestigious programme focuses on applying biology in healthcare applications, and is the next step to enabling scientists within the NHS to partner with and learn from leaders in industry, research centres and academia in order to translate discovery into clinical use for medical innovation within the NHS. Scientific innovation and entrepreneurialism is crucial in establishing new partnerships which ensure we have a sustainable and efficient NHS, now and into the future.'
The Clinical Entrepreneur curriculum covers all aspects of setting up and running a small business, including attracting investors, applying for funding, and ensuring appropriate corporate governance. A dedicated programme in 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 training programme for healthcare scientists will begin in autumn 2017.
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