The NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Programme has opened applications for the latest cohort to join its free entrepreneurial workforce development programme for NHS staff and healthcare professionals.
The programme forms part of the Accelerated Access Collaborative, and is delivered by Anglia Ruskin University, to support innovators to pursue their ideas or innovations, without having to leave the health service. It provides support for clinical or non-clinical healthcare professionals to develop and scale their innovative idea, and develop their skills, knowledge and experience to successfully spread innovative solutions across health and care.
Through a year-long programme, it aims to to provide support in commercial awareness; the ability to identify and define commercial opportunities; the ability to think critically, reactively and innovatively; recognise ideas that have impact; and to work in a constantly changing environment to solve problems.
The curriculum itself ranges from aspects of setting up and running a small business, attracting investors, applying for funding, through to ensuring appropriate corporate governance.
Dr Tamsin Holland Brown, clinical lead for the programme, shares her experience: