Innovation at MSE

Mid and South Essex Innovation


The MSE Innovation Programme, based in Essex, ensures health entrepreneurs and innovators are provided with a supportive environment in which they are encouraged to:

  • Try out new ideas 
  • Improve quality 
  • Foster new medical technology and ways of working that make the NHS safer and more efficient
  • Maintain the highest standards of research and innovation, integrity and governance.

Our innovation team support innovators through horizon scanning, innovation scouting activities and enabling bids for innovation funding.  

The four core components are: 

four core components of the MSE Innovation Programme

Networks and Partners:

Our innovation team has links with Academic Health Science Networks in London and East of England, partner commissioning and provider organisations across the MSE HCP, Health Tech Enterprise, Industry, National innovation programmes and other experts needed to support the programme and the Fellows. 

Innovation Fellowship 2023/24

Now in its fourth year, our Innovation Fellowship opened  applications  for Cohort 4 (2023/24) on Tuesday 4 July 2023. 

Our Innovation Fellowship is a 12-month opportunity for individuals and companies seeking to advance their healthcare innovation to the next stage.

It is open to:

  • all NHS staff within the MSE Integrated Care System, from all roles and bands
  • Mid and South Essex small and medium enterprises (SME)
  • those on the Clinical Entrepreneur Programme (CEP)

Innovation Fellows are encouraged and supported to bring forward new ideas and innovations and to develop and test these in relevant and appropriate services across MSE Integrated Care System.

The Innovation Fellowship supports:

  1. All NHS staff working within the Mid and South Essex Integrated Care System who have an idea or innovation, including from both clinical and non-clinical roles.
  2. All NHS Clinical Entrepreneurs who are looking to pilot and test their innovative solutions within the Mid and South Essex Integrated Care System to promote better care and outcomes.
  3. Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) involving NHS or care staff based in Mid and South Essex, with a social purpose, who are looking to pilot and test their innovative solutions within the Mid and South Essex Integrated Care System to promote better care and outcomes.

This year there is a focus on, but not limited to, the following themes:

  • Inclusion for patients/residents 
  • Inclusion in staff wellbeing
  • Sustainability/Net Zero
  • Novel approach to staff education/training

Through introductions, networking, mentoring, and our unique program of NHS readiness learning sessions, we can help you grow your knowledge and experience of innovation development, adoption and scaling and help to reduce barriers and improve the quality of care.

How to apply

There is a short, easy-to-complete form available here, with either online or video submissions.

Applications open on Tuesday 4 July and close on Tuesday 15 August at 5pm.


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Meet the MSE Innovation Team

Meet our innovation team:

  • Professor Tony Young, MSE Health & Care Partnership Associate Clinical Director of Innovation 
  • Charlotte Williams, Chief Strategy & Improvement Officer
  • Celine Kennard, Innovation Programme Manager

If you would like to get in contact with us, please email us at 

Mid and South Essex: an NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Programme Innovation Site CEP Insite

Hosted by NHS England, the Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC) brings together industry, government, regulators, patients, and the NHS to remove barriers and accelerate the introduction of ground-breaking new treatments and diagnostics which can transform care.  

The NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Programme (CEP) is an AAC programme which supports health and care staff to develop the commercial skills, knowledge and experience needed to successfully develop and spread innovation, for the benefit of patients, the public, and wider NHS. The programme offers a range of support including direct education, mentoring, networking, and access to exclusive opportunities, expertise, and resources.  

In 2020, the NHS CEP was commissioned out to Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) with a commitment to expand the programme. This included recruiting 10 NHS partners to form a system capacity building pilot programme – now known as the NHS CEP InSites Pilot Programme. This testing and evaluation model was developed by Mid and South Essex (MSE) ICS, who are acting as the coordination hub for the NHS CEP InSites Programme. 

This collaborative and co-designed programme has four aims:  

  • Evaluating CEP innovations in real-world settings, generating evidence of their effectiveness and impact (e.g. on NHS priorities such as health equity) and understanding the mechanisms for their successful implementation.  
  • Developing the organisational capability and infrastructure of 10 NHS partners to help inform the rapid adoption, evaluation and scaling of impactful innovations.  
  • Supporting the NHS’ ability to develop the health and care workforce talent pool inclusively and thus stimulating an innovative culture.  
  • Informing NHS England’s policy and strategy on the effective spread and adoption of innovation nationally through sharing learning and a framework (including standardised processes and documents) for implementing innovation.   

The 10 sites span across England and are working with the NHS CEP and AAC to align processes, share intelligence on implementation, build capability within their sites and test/evaluate innovations to meet the needs of their populations.  

Key partners

  • Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC): NHS CEP InSites Programme is funded and commissioned by the AAC.  
  • Anglia Ruskin University (ARU): ARU were appointed as delivery partners for the NHS CEP in December 2020.  
  • Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust (MSE FT): MSE FT is a partner of the NHS CEP and lead the Programme Management Office / Coordination Hub for the NHS CEP InSites Programme.  
  • 10 Innovation Sites: 10 NHS sites across England have partnered together to design and deliver the first phase of the NHS CEP InSites Programme. 

The 10 innovation sites include:

  • Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS FT 
  • Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital NHS FT 
  • Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS FT 
  • Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership
  • Leeds Academic Health Partnership 
  • Milton Keynes University Hospital 
  • Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS FT 
  • Northumbria Healthcare NHS FT 
  • East of England Ambulance Service 
  • Torbay & Devon