Innovation at MSE

Innovation at MSE

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.


We support clinical entrepreneurs through horizon scanning, innovation scouting activities and enabling bids for innovation funding. The Programme is also responsible for developing metrics and data to facilitate the tracking of our NHS innovation activities. 


The Innovation Programme will:

  • Prioritise those that align with our objectives and strategic delivery plans
  • Agree NHS resource utilisation and governance of access to NHS assets, be it data, tissue or images etc.
  • Position MSE to attract clinical innovation funding to support strategic developments.


The MSE Innovation Fellowship currently supports 23 Health and Care Entrepreneurs and Innovation Fellows from all over the UK. Their innovations range from clinical data science, digital health technology products supporting workforce engagement and future development to medical devices which bring patient benefit through altering patient pathways and providing new health monitoring systems.

The Innovation Fellows benefit from a range of support channels, including through local university links and the national network of AHSNs, utilising the chain of knowledge available to enhance their ideas and so increase their effects and positive impact on patient care, workforce efficiencies and cost savings for the NHS.


Their health innovation fellowships included:

  • digital platform to manage the locum bank
  • wearable posture trainer
  • secure digital image sharing
  • programme to enhance the pipeline of local school children into medical careers
  • medical applications of watercress derived urease inhibitors
  • pathway for disability and workforce planning
  • history taking software.


Support given:

  • Each fellow was designated a mentor from the MSE group to support them with their innovation.
  • Innovators in the early conceptual and research stages were given support to develop their idea into something more tangible.
  • Fellows who had a product that they were looking to test on fertile ground were offered support navigating the organisation and building key relationships.


MSE has already earned a reputation for being open to innovative ideas and partnership working. The 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 Enterprise East, Industry, National innovation programmes and other experts needed to support the programme and the Fellows.


The Innovation programme team at MSE includes:

  • Professor Tony Young  – M&SE STP Associate Clinical Director of Innovation
  • Charlotte Williams,  Group Director of Strategy and New Care Models at MSE Group of hospitals
  • Claire MacDonald,  Innovation Programme Manager 
  • Karol Szczecinski, Project Support Officer.