NHS clinical entrepreneurs programme


In September 2017, NHS England’s Clinical Entrepreneurs Programme confirmed a partnership with the Royal Society of Medicine.

The recruitment of junior doctors started in August 2016, with 104 Clinical Entrepreneurs in the first intake and over 230 joining in a year.


What is the Clinical Entrepreneurs Programme?

The programme has been co-designed by NHS England and Health Education England to offer opportunities for doctors and wider health professionals to develop their entrepreneurial goals. 

NHS Clinical Entrepreneurs Programme

The first of its kind, the programme has been designed as it is difficult for traditional clinical practice and training to keep pace with the drivers for change. The NHS wants to encourage, support and retain these clinicians in order to engage with them as future leaders.

Led by Professor Tony Young and Professor Sir Bruce Keogh as the Senior Reporting Officer, the programme ultimately equips people 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 of clinicians enhances the quality of clinical care delivery and directly impacts the NHS’s contribution to economic growth.

How is the Royal Society of Medicine involved?

The merging of those involved in the Royal Society of Medicine’s Medical Innovations Programme and the Clinical Entrepreneurs Programme means that members will gain access to the RSM Library, as well as exceptional educational, training and meeting facilities. Most will become members of the RSM and will have access to valuable guidance and advice provided by their fellow members.

Eight educational ‘Pit Stops’ have been scheduled for the current members of the programme.  One of them will take place here at the Royal Society of Medicine. Another eight will run throughout the next academic year, from September 2018. 

What else does the programme offer?

The programme offers a number of benefits and valuable training:

• Time for entrepreneurial activity – less than full-time training, annualised job planning, time out from clinical duties for 3, 6, 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 and 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 recognised accredited modules that can be used towards PGCert, PGDip, Masters and undergraduate qualifications.

Curriculum to include; 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, case studies of entrepreneurs, and an overview of how to build a start-up.

• Educational ‘Pit Stop’ events – bringing together complimentary high value programmes

• Funding – help with signposting, finding and connecting to investment sources

• Networking events – regional and national events co-ordinated through AHSN and other organisations such as Anglia Ruskin University

How do I find out more?

Visit the Clinical Entrepreneur Programme website

Read an article about innovation by one of the clinical entrepreneurs: 'Promoting innovation in healthcare' by Christopher Kelly and Tony Young, published in The Future Health Journal

For enquiries about the programme, email paul.summerfield@rsm.ac.uk

Medical Innovations

Medical Innovations

Visit the RSM’s Medical Innovations website for more information about the programme and details on upcoming events.


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