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NHS entrepreneurs welcomed to Leeds

The fourth ‘pit stop’ event as part of the NHS Clinical Entrepreneurship programme took place at Leeds last month, with the support of the  Colorectal Therapies HTC.

In collaboration with Prof Tony Young, the National Clinical Lead for Innovation at NHS England, the HTC helped deliver the training event for around fifty young entrepreneurs with health focused innovations.

The Clinical Entrepreneur Programme has 103 junior doctors in its current cohort who are developing innovations and ideas alongside their clinical roles. The programme offers a series of Pit Stop events and topics so far have included lean start-up, IP, accountancy, business models and innovation in healthcare. https://www.innovation.england.nhs.uk/clinical-entrepreneur

The Leeds event kicked off with an evening panel event on Jan 30, chaired by Professor Young, that included presentations from HTC Clinical Director, Professor David Jayne, independent healthcare consultant, Miles Ayling, Clinical Director of Emis Health, Dr Haidar Saimiei and Beverley Bryant, Director of Digital Transformation at NHS Digital.

The following day was a mix of presentations, pitching practice for the clinical entrepreneurs and break-out sessions.

Sarah Parker, Head of Contracting at the Department of Health explained how entrepreneurs can navigate the NHS procurement process. Jo Anne Wass described her experience as NHS Chief of Staff and how best to sell innovation to Whitehall.  And William Bolton, from the HTC Foundation explained the work of the HTCf in enthusing the next generation of entrepreneurs.

William Bolton said: “Because those attending the event were all junior doctors and professionals interested in innovation, they were able to relate to the work we’re doing within the HTCf and so we got a very positive response to our presentation. Three of the delegates even came up to me afterwards, offering to speak at the workshops that we’re running this year as part of our Innovation Programme – and those are offers we certainly won’t refuse!”