The NHS has selected 138 entrepreneurs to design and deliver new technological solutions and innovations in healthcare.
The Clinical Entrepreneurs Programme, run by NHS England, supports NHS workers to work with, and learn from, leading health and technology industry experts to develop their own innovative ideas.
NHS England has confirmed that more NHS staff will be provided with mentoring and other support to improve patient care. Within the first year, Clinical Entrepreneurs recruited to the programme have already launched 50 start-ups, leading to the creation of 344 jobs.
The initiative includes the appointment of five healthcare scientists, tackling conditions including sickle cell disease and allergic reactions.
The latest innovations to be developed and supported under the programme include:
- A voice-controlled data collection app for sickle cell patients that can be worn by patients, to monitor their health, including their heart rate, pain score and medication log every day. The app will mean data can be tracked and processed to help inform patient care for this type of blood disease.
- The Allergy Assist App, which will help allergy sufferers come together to share information and support on their condition and treatment.
- A new online service, sci-connect, that will provide tailored online support and resources to undergraduates and junior staff in the early stages of their career who are studying healthcare and biomedical sciences.