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How the programme started..

In 2015, a meeting between a junior doctor and Professor Tony Young was to be a pivotal moment in the creation of a workforce training programme.

The doctor, who wanted to pursue a career in the NHS but also develop his start-up, was told he need to choose between one or the other.

It was clear that the NHS was losing some of it’s ‘brightest, creative minds’ and there needed to be a solution that supported both, this led to the development of the NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Programme.  

In the first four years of the programme, over 500 Clinical Entrepreneurs have been accepted to the programme.  246 life science start-ups have been created and over £270million of funding has been raised.  

The programme has seen 134 clinicians returning to work in the NHS alongside pursuing their entrepreneurial aspirations.

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“It is truly amazing what can happen when you empower the NHS’ most valuable asset: its staff, and encourage them to push beyond the bounds of possibility.”

PROFESSOR tONY yOUNG OBE, NATIONAL CLINICAL LEAD FOR INNOVATION AT NHS ENGLAND; DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL INNOVATION, SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, ANGLIA RUSKIN UNIVERSITY

Anglia Ruskin University (ARU)

In 2021 Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) were appointed as delivery partner to the NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Programme. 

ARU’s involvement draws together more than 60 cross sector partners including NHS hospitals such as Mid and South Essex, Newcastle upon Tyne, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s, Chelsea and Westminster, Milton Keynes, Northumbria, and Bradford Royal Infirmary, multinational companies such as IBM, Deloitte and Unipart, research charities, and innovation and business support networks such as the We Are Pioneer group and Medilink Midlands. 


The NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Programme is ran by a small dedicated team from ARU.

ARU are proud to partners with NHS England to deliver the Clinical Entrepreneur Programme. If you aspire to a career in healthcare and medical innovation, explore ARU’s degree courses in nursing, midwifery, medicine, and health and medical science.

Contact Information

Anglia Ruskin University
Bishop Hall Lane
Chelmsford
Essex, CM1 1SQ

cep@aru.ac.uk

www.aru.ac.uk

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