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Dragons' Den

Dragons’ Den is an annual leadership and innovation event designed to inspire trainees to make change in their workplace and develop their skills and experience in leadership and management.


Dragons' Den 2017 was held at Chetham's School of Music (central Manchester) on the evening of Thursday 19th January 2017.

The event is run by the Junior Doctor Advisory Team, a team of three junior doctors who are undertaking Management and Leadership Fellowships working within Health Education England across the North West. All have a strong interest in service improvement, medical education and medical leadership and they run a number of leadership events for trainees throughout the year as part of their role.

Trainees from across the North West are invited to submit a business case for their project which improves an aspect of education and training, working lives or service delivery within their trust or region. The entries are shortlisted and the finalists are invited to pitch their projects at the event to a panel of Dragons, who are influential leaders in medical education, innovation, management and finance. This is with the chance to win funding and mentor support to develop and implement their project.

50 delegates attended Dragons' Den 2017 to hear our finalists' inspiring pitches and view the posters on display from previous Dragons' Den winners and commended 2017 entries. The 2017 shortlisted projects were:

  • Ottoley, by Dr Richard O'Byrne and Dr Sam Michlig
    An app developed to match trainees to learning opportunities in real time
  • What Our Doctor Said (WARDS), by Dr Nick Carleton-Bland
    A patient and relative communication phone app to enable communication, retention and dissemination of the clinical message
  • Core ENT App, by Dr Alexander Yao
    An app developed to improve access to ENT learning resources
  • Which Itch is Which?, by Dr Giorgio Calisti and Dr Shuayb Elkhalifa
    An app developed to guide allergy history taking, documentation, interpretation and appropriate treatment selection

The Dragons were extremely impressed by the standard of this year’s projects. After a very difficult deliberation, they selected ‘Which Itch is Which?' as the overall winner. The Dragons were extremely impressed by their engaging and dynamic pitch and felt that it was the combination of engagement with the multidisciplinary team, the improvement to patient safety and the entrepreneurial spirit of the finalists themselves which made this project stand out. For this reason this project was awarded funding and support from Health Education England and the Dragons very much look forward to seeing how it develops. The Dragons were also so highly impressed with the 'WARDS' project and allocated this project partial funding to assist in its development.

If you have any questions, please email us at: jdat.nw@hee.nhs.uk

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