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Grant Reilly


28th February 2023


NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Programme launches in Scotland

Today, the Scottish Coordination Group for the NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Programme in Scotland offers a special welcome to the 12 budding Scottish entrepreneurs, innovators, and creative thinkers who received funding for this year's NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Programme.

The 7th cohort of the NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Programme (CEP) was launched last week on the 22nd of February in London at the Royal Institute.

Today, the Scottish Coordination Group for the programme have the opportunity to offer a special welcome to the 12 innovators that have been accepted to the programme from Scotland.

The Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre (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 in the wider Scottish innovation and entrepreneurial landscape.

This is the second year the DHI, in partnership with Scottish Enterprise and NHS Scotland, is supporting Scottish candidates through the programme.

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 England 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.

Dr Sanna Rimpiläinen, Head of Research & Skills, Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre, and Scotland co-ordinator for the NHS CEP programme said,

"It's a great privilege for DHI, and our sister organisations in the coordination group, to partner in the NHS CEP programme, and have the opportunity to welcome and support a new cohort of innovators from across Scotland through their entrepreneurial journey. The candidates have a really interesting, inspiring, challenging yet rewarding year ahead of them, and we hope to be able to offer support and advice specific to the Scottish context to them.”

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