NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Programme (CEP)

The NHS Clinical Entrepreneurship Programme one-year mentoring and professional development programme that supports entrepreneurial and innovative thinking among healthcare professionals.

Invest NI is working in partnership with Health Innovation Research Alliance NI (HIRANI), HSC and NHS to provide the opportunity for seven healthcare professionals working in Northern Ireland to take part in this programme for the first time. Participants will gain knowledge, commercial skills and experience to make their ideas become a reality. 

The programme is part of the NHS’s Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC) which brings together industry, government, regulators, patients, and the NHS to remove barriers and accelerate the introduction of new ground-breaking treatments and diagnostics which have the potential to transform care.

Recruitment for the current phase of the programme is closed.

The NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Programme (CEP):

  • Is a workforce development programme for both clinical and non-clinical NHS or HSC staff (including but not limited to Doctors, Dentists, Healthcare Scientists, Nurses and Midwives, Allied Health Professionals and Pharmacists, Social Workers, Managers, and Administrative/ Clerical Staff) who are selected by a competitive recruitment process. 
  • Is run by NHS England and NHS Improvement and has been developed with entrepreneurial clinicians, academic leaders, and industry partners.
  • Covers all aspects of setting up and running a business, including attracting investors, applying for funding, and ensuring appropriate corporate governance. 
  • Offers mentoring, networking, education, customer matching, resources, development tools, and more.
  • Has supported over 700 clinical entrepreneurs from the NHS to develop over 400 innovations since 2016. 
  • Has raised over £225 million in private and public sector funding, and created over 1,000 jobs, and benefited 16 million users.

Aims of the NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Programme:

  • Support the healthcare workforce to develop and scale their most innovative ideas for the benefit of patients, staff, and the wider NHS. 
  • Develop the skills, knowledge and experience needed to successfully develop and spread innovative solutions to the challenges facing the NHS.
  • Develop leadership capability to deliver on the promise of digital health, genomics, data analytics, advanced technology and social networks for the patients. 
  • Allow entrepreneurs to pursue their innovation without having to leave the health service.
  • Provide a wider benefit to economic growth through inward investment in the health, social care and life science sectors.
  • Support invention, commercialisation and adoption of new products, services, and care pathways by enabling commercial, social, public and charitable sector entrepreneurship.

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