NHS programme helps to engage clinicians as future leaders of the NHS to retain talent in the UK
Friday 2nd December: London. The second education pit stop event for the NHS Clinical Entrepreneur programme took place last weekend at Touch Surgery’s office in Clerkenwell, London.
Developed and managed by NHS England and Health Education England programme is designed to keep the most forward-thinking, entrepreneurial clinicians within this country, bringing the benefit of cutting-edge new treatments and care pathways to the patients who need it – and keeping the money generated within the British economy.
25% of doctors completing foundation training in the UK each year do not immediately take up their specialist training posts and around 5% of junior doctors leave to pursue other opportunities. The entrepreneur programme helps to engage these clinicians as future leaders of the NHS.
Touch Surgery’s co-founder Jean Nehme a trainee plastic surgeon and health tech entrepreneur was one of the first members of the programme and has gone on to develop a successful surgical simulation training app with over 1.5 million users.
Dr Nehme commented: “It’s vital that we encourage students in a clinical role to innovate. I personally benefited from the program which inspired and helped me to develop Touch Surgery so it’s great to be able to host the next generation of talent coming through. Programmes like this which connect both clinical and entrepreneurship responsibilities to improve healthcare delivery should be part of all training.”
The programme is led by Professor Tony Young, the National Clinical Lead for Innovation, NHS England, with Professor Sir Bruce Keogh as the Senior Reporting Officer (SRO).
Tony Young – National Clinical Lead for Innovation said: “Integrated Clinical Entrepreneur Training was developed to reverse the ‘brain drain’ of our brightest and best entrepreneurial doctors leaving the NHS for commercial support to develop their innovations. I am delighted that it is already bearing dividends for people like Jean. Recruitment for our second annual cohort of trainees has already had a great response – applications close on 9 December.”
The pit stop took place on Saturday 3rd December from 9am – 5pm to include workshops, talks and business planning to provide practical skills around the creation and running of a commercial business.