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4th February 2023
12 budding Scottish entrepreneurs, innovators, and creative thinkers receive funding for this year's NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Programme.
The Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre (DHI), in partnership with Scottish Enterprise and NHS Scotland, is embarking on a second year with the NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Programme (CEP).
The CEP, delivered by Anglia Ruskin University, aims to support healthcare staff to develop the commercial skills, knowledge and experience needed to successfully develop and spread innovation, for the benefit of patients, the public, and the wider NHS.
The programme is part of the NHS 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.
“We are thrilled to announce that, for a second year, the NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Programme is welcoming Scottish healthcare professionals. Thanks to our partnership with DHI and Scottish Enterprise we look forward to supporting a further 12 budding entrepreneurs, innovators and creative thinkers from across Scotland.” Professor Tony Young, OBE, National Clinical Lead for Innovation at NHS England.
Targeted at NHS employees from across NHS Scotland, Scottish Enterprise has funded 12 places on this year’s CEP. The competitive assessment process for places on the programme has just ended and the successful applicants will be starting out on their year-long development journey on the 22nd of February.
The DHI is leading the Scottish coordination group for the programme in collaboration with Scottish Enterprise, NHS Education Scotland, Scottish Health and Industry Partnership Group (SHIP), InnoScot Health and Scottish Government. 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.
Professor George Crooks OBE, Chief Executive Officer, of the Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre, said: “DHI is delighted to be a part of this combined effort. It is thanks to Scottish Enterprise funding that we have secured 12 places for Scottish entrepreneurs to join like-minded colleagues from other parts of the UK to share knowledge and learn together...
By bringing together all the key organisations across the Scottish health and care landscape we have been able to coordinate and focus our efforts in supporting clinical entrepreneurs and recognising and investing in talented people who can actively contribute to improving and transforming our health and care services for the better.
Partnering with the National Clinical Entrepreneurship Programme is one way that we can provide a supportive and enabling environment to assist our entrepreneurs to achieve their full potential.”