The latest round of the NHS clinical entrepreneurs programme is open for applications.
The workforce development programme is open to clinical and non-clinical NHS staff and supports individuals to develop innovative ideas into products and businesses that benefit patients.
Participants will receive one-to-one mentoring coaching, as well as networking opportunities, placements and internships, and advice on setting up and running a successful business.
According to NHS England, the programme allows staff to pursue their project without having to leave the health service, and more than 500 professionals – including nurses, midwives, allied health professionals, pharmacists and doctors – have taken part since its launch in 2016.
Existing projects include the development of a smartphone otoscope, a social enterprise for healthcare careers, a financial toolkit designed to streamline the administrative burden of locum work for both GPs and the NHS, and a patient-facing joint and muscle rehabilitation app.
To apply for a place on the programme, individuals will need to register for an account.
The deadline for applications is 1pm on 13 October 2020, and this year the recruitment process will be conducted virtually to allow for social distancing, NHS England said.