Apply to the programme

Do you have a great innovative idea to improve healthcare? Applications to the programme. Applications will reopen Autumn 2022.

Guidance for your application

For those who have a great idea, but would like more information we have a FAQ section below, or register for our ‘CEP Prep’ events throughout the year.

Applications for the 2023 programme will open Autumn 2022.


Am I eligible to apply? 

All NHS Staff and those providing NHS Services (for example those that work for a private company that is subcontracted to provide an NHS funded service) are welcome to apply, including those in both clinical (including clinician academics who work in research/university) and non-clinical roles. If you are working as a locum, you can also apply. 

Examples of those who are welcome to apply include:  

  • Doctors 
  • Medical Students 
  • Dentists and Dental Hygienists,  
  • Nurses 
  • Midwives 
  • Pharmacists (including Community Pharmacists),  
  • Psychologists 
  • Allied Health Professionals (such as Physiotherapists, Paramedics, Radiographers, Occupational Therapists, SLTs, Dieticians etc),  
  • Ambulance staff 
  • Healthcare Scientists 
  • Medical Associate Professions (including Physicians Associates etc),  
  • Clinical Support Staff (such as phlebotomists, healthcare assistants/ carers, porters, and optometrists) 
  • Healthcare managers (such as operational managers, project managers, general managers etc) 
  • Administrative and Clerical Staff. 
Can I apply with an innovation/idea/concept in a very early stage of development?

Yes, we welcome applications from those with an innovative idea, provided this has been given careful consideration.

How do I apply?  

You can find a link to the application portal on our website when it is open.  You need register with the portal with a name and email address. Once logged into your account, you can then begin your application from the portal home page. Please only submit your application via the portal. Applications submitted by post, email, or any other method will not be accepted. 

What is the time commitment, if successful?  

The programme is designed to allow you to engage in full time work/training at the same time as participating in the programme. The time commitment varies and the more engaged you are with the programme, the greater the benefit. The minimum commitment is attendance at half of the scheduled group educational events (there are usually seven per year, but this may vary due to COVID-19); four interactions with your assigned mentor; the completion of learning documents such as an action plan, personal development plan and lean canvas; and the provision of periodic progress updates.  

Does it cost anything to join the programme? 

There are no costs associated with joining and accessing the programme. When we return to in-person events, you will be responsible for funding your own travel and accommodation. 

Will I receive funding, if successful? 

This is not a paid fellowship, and the programme does not offer any funding or grants. 

 Can I apply with a co- founder?  

We cannot accept joint applications but can accept applications from co-founders and teams working on the same innovation (as long as they meet the initial criteria of working for or alongside the NHS). Each application is based on the individual and not on the innovation. 

Can I apply as an ‘Intrapreneur’?  

The programme aims to support all NHS staff and healthcare professionals to develop their ideas for patient benefit. It isn’t only for those who are planning on starting their own business or make a financial return, it’s primarily for those who want to make a difference in the NHS. On this basis, we welcome applications from ‘Intrapreneurs’. Intrapreneurship is the act of behaving like an entrepreneur while working within a large organization, such as the NHS. 

What kind of ideas/innovations do people on the programme develop?  

Primarily, the innovation must aim to benefit the NHS, and this could be directly or indirectly. The idea can be clinical or non-clinical, for example, it may be a device, app, service improvement idea, workforce development idea, or anything else. Some of the ideas currently supported on the programme include: Health and fitness programmes, Charities and social enterprises, Training and education programmes, E-rosters, consent platforms & e-prescribing platforms, AI and deep learning algorithms, Substance abuse interventions, Autonomous drone delivery services, Radiation exposure monitors, Robotic surgery innovations, Remote eye, ear, and blood testing, Prescription label translators, Secure communications platforms, Mental health interventions, Nutrition guidance and plans, digital/ estates/ maintenance/ issue reporting, Smart inventory managing tools, Medicines adherence tools, Chatbots and many more… 

 What is the required format for my references?  

We ask for 2 professional references with a maximum length of 1-page each. Most referees use a letter format to briefly outline who they are and stating that they are happy to support your application. 

Will I be able to keep my intellectual property?  

Currently, this programme does not seek to claim any intellectual property. 

How will applications be selected?  

Applications are assessed by two reviewers who assess your application independently. These applications are then reviewed by the CEP team. Applications that meet a certain threshold will get accepted onto the programme. If any details need clarifying, we may choose to arrange a brief video call with you. All unsuccessful applications will be reviewed by a validation committee to ensure that decisions to not offer a place onto the programme this year are fair and justified. 

Who will assess my application? 

There are a pool of assessors that assist with programme applications. These include Clinical Entrepreneurs and alumni, programme mentors, and other programme stakeholders and supporters. All assessors and validators will be asked to declare any known conflicts of interest to the CEP programme team and all assessors sign a non-disclosure agreement. 

Will the content of my application remain confidential?

All information disclosed via the application process will be kept strictly confidential. Assessors, moderators and validators will not share any of the information they are privy to through the application process and will keep all information safe and secure. However, you are still advised to not disclose any information that is potentially patentable. Rather, we recommend you only provide the more general information about your idea/innovation.

 What happens if I do not complete my application?  

Please ensure you complete all sections of the application fully. Incomplete applications will not be assessed. It is your responsibility to complete the form in full and submit it to the programme. 

Can I save my application and come back to it later?  

Yes, save your progress using the ‘Save and Close’ button and complete/amend your application at a later date (before the submission deadline). We recommend that you save your work regularly to minimise the risk of losing work due to any local computer or internet problems. 

Can I submit more than one application?

No, please only submit one application and ensure all information provided is complete and accurate. 

What happens if my application is successful?  

If your application is successful, you will be notified and sent an NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Agreement which must be signed and returned in order to accept your place onto the programme. This document will set out the terms of your place on the programme. 

When will I find out if my application is successful? 

We aim to notify all candidates about the outcome of their application by December 2022.

If I am unsuccessful, will I receive feedback?  

Due to the number of applications, we received, we will be unable to provide detailed feedback on individual applications but will endeavour to provide as much information as possible on request. 

What if my innovation or start-up fails when I’m on the programme? Will I be removed from the programme? 

The programme is for the individual, so don’t worry you will still have a spot on the programme. Failure and challenges are part of the innovation journey! 

Can I have some more information on the programme?  

Please see the Programme page or if you have more questions Contact us

Contact Information

Anglia Ruskin University
Bishop Hall Lane
Essex, CM1 1SQ

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