Interview with Dr. Paul Hercock

In today’s interview, we build on the discussion in Episode 168 by speaking with Dr. Paul Hercock from the United Kingdom about the Medical Device Industry.

Dr. Hercock is an Emergency Medicine physician who started out working for the National Health Service.

He graduated from Nottingham Medical School in 2002. After initially training as a surgeon he pivoted to a career in Emergency Medicine. He is a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, and also has a law degree from Nottingham Law School.

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Entering the Medical Device Industry

While working as a Physician, Paul became increasingly interested in medical devices. He set up and established Mantra Medical, a medical device start-up focused on improving infection control. He later made a move into a full-time position in the medical device industry to work as a medical advisor.


Paul is now a self-employed medical entrepreneur, combining work on his medical device start-up with the building of Mantra Systems, a consultancy business that provides medical and regulatory support to other medical device companies.

Writing His Book

His journey from clinical practice to Industry prompted him to write a book for doctors titled Beyond The Ward: A Doctor's Guide to Careers Outside the NHS (this is an Amazon affiliate link).

If I've learned one thing, it's that if you step outside clinical practice, you trade stability for flexibility… you then realize there are so many things you can do. – Dr. Paul Hercock

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Paul Hercock gives a great overview of his experiences working in the medical device industry. He also describes his efforts to create two businesses in Industry, and he provides welcome inspiration in today's interview.

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