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The NHS Clinical Entrepreneurs Series will harness entrepreneurial talent across NHS Scotland to equip health professionals with the skills, knowledge and support to translate innovative ideas into commercial success.

The series of ‘breakfast style’ workshops are free to attend and open to all aspiring clinical and allied health professional entrepreneurs, and NHS Scotland innovators

Developed by Scottish Health Innovations Ltd (SHIL), they present an extension of the health innovation support the organisation has been providing to NHS Scotland for over 15 years, building upon a strong history of innovation within our health service.

“Our NHS must be celebrated, cherished and encouraged to move forward. It is through innovation and forward thinking we have come this far, and during the 70 year celebrations of our NHS it is apt that we extend the opportunities for talented, inventive health professionals to develop their ideas and innovations into viable products and services to improve patient care.

“Since 2002 SHIL have been working in partnership with NHS Scotland to build supported clinical entrepreneurship into our health service. The NHS Clinical Entrepreneurs Series presents an extension of this support and I encourage staff with innovative ideas to get involved – learn new skills, gain insight into the expertise and support available in Scotland and hear first-hand from the experiences of NHS innovators”  

Catherine Calderwood, Chief Medical Officer, Scottish Government

With more than 160,000 staff working across NHS Scotland, it is a rich resource of ideas and innovation. Harnessing this entrepreneurial talent, from front-line clinicians, researchers, nurses, pharmacists, specialists, managers, or support staff, to translate innovative ideas into viable products and services to improve patient care is central to the role of SHIL

“Uncovering transformational healthcare ideas and providing a systematic approach to supporting innovation can transform patient care; stimulate economic wealth and drive commercial return to NHS board. Over the years we have successfully commercialised a range of products and spin-out companies, working with health professionals across the spectrum of disease and medical backgrounds, to support new ways of improving patient care. These products now in use throughout the NHS in Scotland and beyond.”

Graham Watson, Executive Chairman 

A track record of success includes

Many products and spin out companies supported by SHIL have gone on to achieve international success, helping position Scotland as an entrepreneurial and innovative nation.

“Scotland has a proven track record of pioneering medical innovation; and the new NHS Clinical Entrepreneurs Series, hosted by SHIL, will help uncover transformational ideas from talented and ambitious health entrepreneurs across Scotland.

“Fostering and supporting the spread of healthcare innovation has the dual benefit of improving patient care and stimulating economic wealth; whilst supporting Scotland’s vision to become a world-leading entrepreneurial and innovative nation. I encourage health professionals to get involved and continue Scotland’s innovation story.”

Ivan McKee, Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation

If you are a health professional with a passion for innovation and entrepreneurship we encourage you to get involved. Workshops will be short, focused, practical sessions that acknowledging time pressures on health professionals with opportunities to get involved in new ways via remote participation and on demand content. They are supported by experts in the innovation and commercialisation field and will be backed up by the real experiences of NHS Scotland innovators helping to:

  • Create communities of clinical entrepreneurs
  • Overcome barriers to innovation
  • Harness insight and expertise across Scotland
  • Provide specialist knowledge on a range of key commercial topics
  • Share innovation success
  • Highlight available support

Places are limited but you can book now for:

  • Edinburgh, 31 January 2019 (08:00 -12:00), Surgeon's Quarter, Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DW
  • Glasgow, 28 February 2019 (08:00 - 12:00), Technology & Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde, 99 George St, Glasgow, G1 1RD
  • Dundee, 27 March 2019 (08:00 - 12:00), West Park Conference Centre, 319 Perth Road, Dundee, DD2 1NN

Eventbrite - NHS Clinical Entrepreneurs Series

 Stay up to date with latest dates and programmes by following @ScotHealthInno.  

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