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Health Innovation Programme

Many entrepreneurs find the NHS business landscape difficult to navigate – that’s why we’ve created a training programme specifically addressing the needs of healthcare innovators and covering core skills in entrepreneurship. We’ve created this in partnership with SETsquared, the global no.1 university business incubator.

An intensive, fully-funded, four-day personal development course, our Health Innovation Programme has been running since 2015, delivering high quality coaching, mentoring and personal development support.

Applications for the 2019 West of England Health Innovation Programme are now closed.

Course details: 18, 19, 25, 27 March 2019, Swindon venue to be confirmed.

Who can apply?

We are looking for people working in the West of England with innovative business propositions that have real potential for health and care. This could be a product or service already in development or simply the germ of an idea but the concept must be realisable into a sustainable business model/proposition and you will need to be genuinely passionate about taking your proposition forward.

To be eligible you need to be one of the following:

  • a healthcare professional or academic employed by one of the West of England AHSN’s member organisations (NHS providers, CCGs and universities);
  • a public contributor involved in one of our member organisations;
  • or a Small to Medium Enterprise (SME) or micro-business.

“This programme has really given our fledgling business the kick-start it needs to turn into a successful, scalable operation. The course leaders were knowledgeable, personable and incisive”

“A real opportunity to discuss the nuts and bolts of running a healthcare related business with other like-minded individuals”

Who are the course tutors?

The course has been designed in partnership with Wessex AHSN and will be led by the West of England AHSN, supported by SETsquared.

As a network organisation bringing together the health and care sector with industry and academia, the West of England AHSN is brilliant at helping innovators navigate their way through the complexity of the NHS.

SETsquared has extensive experience in delivering training in entrepreneurship and small business incubation.

“Being challenged to ‘think differently’ about how we innovate our health research and learning new concepts  beyond our comfort zone was extremely valuable”

What does the course cover?

Read the course agenda. You will have the opportunity to build core skills in entrepreneurship, including:

  • customer analysis
  • building a business case
  • funding strategies
  • market analysis.

The course will provide:

  • an opportunity to make a compelling pitch to an experienced panel
  • a great way to network with like-minded innovators
  • a friendly environment to try-out your ideas
  • a chance to get continuing support from us to further develop your proposition.

This programme is available through the Swindon & Wiltshire Health & Life Science Innovation Hub, one of our European Regional Development Funded projects.

“The Programme really helped us to focus on the issues facing operational roll out of an innovation in a diverse NHS community trust. Expert feedback on our innovation gave us the encouragement to continue its development”

How does the application process work?

There are 15 places available for participants in the West of England. An application and selection process will apply. Read the candidate selection criteria here.

Frequently asked questions

Got a question? See if it’s listed in our FAQs. If not, please get in touch with Kate Phillips – see below.


To find out more about the Health Innovation Programme, contact Kate Phillips at or call 0117 984 1705.

Course dates: 18, 19, 25, 27 March 2019





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