University to deliver leadership programme for healthcare SMEs

Lancaster University’s Health Innovation Campus team has launched a new programme to help SMEs flourish in the medical sector.

The programme, developed in conjunction with Lancaster University Management School, will provide expert guidance and a trusted peer network where people are able to share challenges.

It has been designed encourage leaders from small and medium enterprises to develop bold new ideas, and ensure they have the capacity to drive them forward. The first cohort will begin work in spring 2020.

Dr Sherry Kothari, director of the Health Innovation Campus, said: "People often have great ideas about on implementing positive change in healthcare, but may not have the skills to take those ideas forward. In some circumstances, entrepreneurs can be so consumed by the day-to-day running of their business they don’t feel they have the capacity to work on new products or ideas.

"The HIC will act as a catalyst, bringing together diverse stakeholders – including entrepreneurs and small businesses – to lead change."

The new programme was launched during the Health Innovation Campus’ recent Re-imaging Health and Wellbeing event at Brockholes Nature Reserve in Preston. The event featured a panel of experts from the private, public and voluntary sectors sharing their experiences around new innovations with their health-related products and services.

Innovative leaders in health are required to come up with groundbreaking new products and services for more savvy consumers.

Keynote speaker Lee Omar, CEO of technology firm Red Ninja Studios, said: “The UK is a massive buyer of health and social care - but we’re not as innovative as we could be. The NHS is a national treasure, but its business is treating people in hospital.

“As people want more say over their own care, innovative leaders in health are required to come up with groundbreaking new products and services for more savvy consumers.”

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