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Grant Reilly


5th October 2021


NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Programme

Are you an innovator in the NHS? Do you have an idea you wish to develop and scale for patient benefit? The NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Programme might be for you and this year it's being extended to allow Scottish colleagues the opportunity to participate.

Launched in 2016 the NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Programme (NHS CEP), delivered by Anglia Ruskin University, is the biggest entrepreneurial workforce development programme of its kind. Open to all NHS staff (clinical and non-clinical NHS staff,  Doctors, Dentists, Healthcare Scientists, Nurses and Midwives, Allied Health Professionals and Pharmacists, Managers, and Administrative/ Clerical Staff), the programme aims to provide the commercial skills, knowledge and experience needed to successfully develop and spread innovative solutions to the challenges facing the NHS.

The 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 programme aims to allow entrepreneurs to pursue their innovation without having to leave the health service, providing a wider benefit to economic growth through inward investment in the health, social care and Life Science sectors. As such, the programme currently offers mentoring, networking, bespoke commercial education, customer matching, resources and development tools.

To make the opportunity even more appealing, any successful Scottish applications will be supported by the Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre and Scottish Enterprise.

Professor George Crooks OBE, Chief Executive Officer, Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre, said, “Working in partnership with NHS England, we have secured an opportunity for Scottish clinical entrepreneurs to join an established development program and join a cohort of likeminded people from across the UK. With the support of Scottish Enterprise, DHI is pleased to offer this unique opportunity to Scottish clinicians looking to set up a successful business.”

To find out more and to apply visit:

Applications close 2nd November 2021.

Questions can be directed to: and you can find us on Twitter at: @NHS_CEP

Key dates

  • 05 October - Applications open
  • 13 October - CEP applicant Q&A session (1930-2030)
  • 15 October - CEP applicant Q&A session (1300-1400)
  • 22 October - CEP Application Questions Sessions (1300-1400)
  • 22 October - CEP applicant Q&A session (1930-2030)
  • 25 October - CEP Application Questions Sessions (1300-1400)
  • 02 November - Applications close

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