Professor Tony Young OBE

Director of Medical Innovation
Faculty of Health, Medicine and Social Care
School of Medicine
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Tony is a practising frontline NHS surgeon, Director of Medical Innovation at Anglia Ruskin University, and the founder of four Med-Tech start-ups. He has also co-founded the £500m MedTech Campus which is set to become one of the world’s largest health innovation spaces.


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.

NHS innovations: past, present and future

Innovation in NHS - BBC Breakfast