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NHS England and RSM strike entrepreneurial partnership

Hundreds of entrepreneurial doctors who are part of NHS England’s Clinical Entrepreneur Programme will benefit from a new partnership struck by the Royal Society of Medicine and NHS England.

Announced at the NHS Health and Care Innovation Expo held in Manchester in September, the new partnership was marked by Professor Tony Young, National Clinical Lead for Innovation for NHS England (left), Helen Gordon, RSM Chief Executive and Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS England Medical Director.

The partnership links NHS England’s Clinical Entrepreneur Programme with the RSM and its flourishing medical innovations programme. It will mean members of the programme will be able to use the RSM Library, together with the RSM’s educational, training and meeting facilities. In addition most will become members of the RSM and have access to guidance and advice provided by members of the Society.

The Clinical Entrepreneur Programme has been co-designed by NHS England and Health Education England to offer opportunities for doctors and other health professionals to develop their entrepreneurial aspirations.

The recruitment of junior doctors to the programme started in August 2016, with 104 clinical entrepreneurs making up the first intake. Since then a new intake of over 100 junior doctors has been confirmed.

RSM Development Director Paul Summerfield, who leads the RSM’s medical innovations programme, said: “I am delighted that our links with the NHS have led to this special partnership. The Society is very excited about this opportunity to collaborate and we look forward to supporting these talented and ambitious NHS clinical entrepreneurs.”

For more information about the NHS Clinical Entrepreneurs Programme, visit the NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Programme website.

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