NHS offers platform for budding entrepreneurs to innovate in healthcare

NHS offers platform for budding entrepreneurs to innovate in healthcare

More than 100 entrepreneurs have been given the opportunity to bring in latest technological solutions and innovations to take the NHS fully into the new digital era.

The organisation has selected 138 people to take its healthcare service to the next level. The selected entrepreneurs include five healthcare scientists, who are capable of tackling conditions including sickle cell disease and allergic reactions.

Through an initiative called Clinical Entrepreneurs Programme, NHS England has been helping NHS’s employees by giving them the chance to work with, and learn from, top health and technology industry experts to create their own innovative ideas with more NHS personnel are set to be given mentoring and other support by NHS England with an objective to give better patient care.

One of the innovations to come out of the programme is a voice-controlled data collection app for sickle cell patients. The app will be able to keep a daily track of patients’ health, including their heart rate, pain score and medication log through a wearable device. Another innovation is an app named Allergy Assist, which will help allergy sufferers to share information and support on both their condition and treatment.

NHS has also mentioned a new online service, called sci-connect, aimed at offering customised online support and resources to undergraduates and junior staff, who are studying health care and biomedical sciences.

Tony Young, Innovation National Clinical Lead at NHS, said: “Helping NHS professionals create new and innovative treatments is good for patients and good for our talented staff. Frontline workers have a unique insight into patients’ experiences and supporting all our staff to develop and deliver their ideas for better care will mean better outcomes for patients.”

The clinical entrepreneur programme is a yearly affair which was launched in 2016. It was first introduced for junior doctors and expanded in 2017 to include healthcare scientists and dentists.

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NHS chief scientific officer Sue Hill said: “Giving budding entrepreneurs in the NHS support and space to create new solutions to old problems will keep the NHS at the forefront of innovation in healthcare.

“I’m delighted to see even more of our staff join the Clinical Entrepreneurs programme, which will see nearly 140 doctors, nurses and scientists benefit from world-class industry expertise, even as they continue to deliver care for patients.”

The NHS said that within the first year of its launch, clinical entrepreneurs selected for it had launched 50 start-ups, thereby creating close to 350 jobs.