NHS England and Health Education England have rolled out a new national training programme to help nurture and keep the most inventive and innovative clinicians on UK shores.

Junior doctors with a clinical innovation or enterprise currently under development will now be able to apply for a Clinical Entrepreneur Fellowship under the brand-new scheme, which will provide mentorship from international entrepreneurs and health innovators.

The programme will offer crash-courses in starting and running a business, regulation and governance, and building investment, in the hope of turning “a worrying ‘brain drain’ of the best clinical entrepreneurial talent from the NHS, into a major, self-sustaining ‘brain gain’ across the UK”, said Tony Young, National Clinical Director for Innovation at NHS England.

“Our trainee clinicians know they need to understand and improve the healthcare system, not just deliver it, but until now there has been no training route for the UK’s talented clinical innovators”.

Over the coming years, both the fellowship and the core training scheme will be rolled out to nurses, midwives and allied health professionals, to harness the knowledge, skills and experience of all England’s clinicians, and ultimately bring cutting-edge new therapies and care pathways to patients.