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The NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Programme is NOW OPEN

Are you an innovator in the NHS? Do you have an idea you wish to develop and scale for patient benefit? The NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Programme (CEP) might be for you!
HIRANI is delighted to be working with our partners InvestNI to bring the CEP to NI.


The NHS Clinical Entrepreneur programme are now welcoming applications for cohort 7.

Budding entrepreneurs can apply for this ground-breaking programme that is helping to bring innovations into the NHS to improve patient care.

The NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Programme, delivered by Anglia Ruskin University, is the biggest entrepreneurial workforce development programme of its kind. Open to all NHS staff – both clinical and non-clinical, the programme aims to provide the commercial skills, knowledge and experience needed to successfully develop and spread innovative solutions to the challenges facing the NHS, while retaining staff.

This year long programme is free and open to all NHS staff. The curriculum covers all aspects of setting up and running a small business or being an intrapreneur, including attracting investors, applying for funding, communications, and legal and regulatory considerations.  Guidance on how to build a start-up – and how to operate in this highly-charged environment is delivered as a series of educational events attended by industry mentors.

The programme aims to allow entrepreneurs to pursue their innovation without having to leave the health service, providing a wider benefit to economic growth through inward investment in the health, social care, and life science sectors. As such, the programme currently offers mentoring, bespoke commercial education, customer matching, resources, and development tools and access to a community of likeminded individuals and industry experts.

The programme is encouraging innovators with great ideas from a diverse range of backgrounds to apply for this exceptional opportunity, could this be you or someone you know?

Applications opened on 3rd October 2022 and close on 30th October 2022 . To find out more and to apply visit or contact the team at

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