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Tony Young - Anglia Ruskin University. Cambridge, , GB

Tony Young

Director of Medical Innovation | Anglia Ruskin University


As Clinical Lead, Tony provides clinical leadership and support in delivering improved health outcomes in England.





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Tony Young from Anglia Ruskin on Surgical Holdings NHS innovations: past, present and future, with Professor Tony Young Prof Tony Young Innovation in NHS - BBC Breakfast




In 2014, Tony was appointed as National Clinical Director for Innovation at NHS England; in February 2016 he became the first National Clinical Lead for Innovation.

As Clinical Lead, Tony provides clinical leadership and support in delivering improved health outcomes in England. He drives the uptake of proven innovations across the NHS, promotes economic growth through innovation, and helps make the NHS the go-to place on the planet for medical innovation.

In 2015, Tony founded the NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Programme. This has become the world’s largest entrepreneurial workforce development programme for clinicians and under the NHS Long Term Plan is set for a major expansion to include intrapreneurs.

Tony also holds the following positions:

- Consultant Urological Surgeon and Clinical Lead for Innovation, Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
- Associate Medical Director, Mid and South Essex Hospitals Group
- President, Institute of Decontamination Sciences.

In the 2019 New Year's Honours list Tony was awarded the OBE for services to clinical leadership.

Areas of Expertise (5)




Social Care

Medical Innovation

Education (2)

University College London: M.B.B.S., Medicine 1994

University College London: Ph.D., Physiology 2001

Media Appearances (5)

Space company takes to the skies alongside the NHS

Space Daily  online


Professor Tony Young, the NHS national clinical lead for innovation, said: "At the same time as the NHS came together to fight a pandemic and treat over 110,000 severely ill people for Covid-19, staff have also gone above and beyond to create innovative ways for patients to get the care and kit they need alongside the UK Space Agency. This study which will create droneways in the sky for vital NHS supplies is the latest in a longline of projects founded by the NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Programme to provide innovative solutions to the challenges facing the NHS for the benefit of patients and staff."

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University professor is made an OBE

Chelmsford & Mid Essex Times  online


Mr Young said: “When I started at Anglia Ruskin University I never imagined that my country would recognise the work I do as notable with such an award.

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‘Region can take the lead in health innovation’

Cambridge Network  online


Professor Tony Young, Director of Medical Innovation at Anglia Ruskin University (pictured), believes the new School of Medicine at the Chelmsford campus could play a key role in creating the healthcare entrepreneurs of the future by providing scope for innovation within its curriculum.

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How the NHS can become a Silicon Valley for health

WIRED  online


"It causes a lot of trouble sometimes," admitted Tony Young, NHS England's clinical director for innovation, at WIRED Health 2015. "I'm someone who has fought against the system my whole life, and now they have asked me to come to the centre and try to change it."

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Business Network Services from Anglia Ruskin: an interview with Prof Young

News Medical Life Sciences  online


The route to market for new MedTech and assisted living products and services can be challenging, particularly for start-up ventures and SMEs. Through our network and partner organisations, MedTech Campus members have unrivalled access to key organisations across the East of England that are responsible for delivering health and social care.

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