The clinical engineering department uses their diverse range of expertise to manage medical equipment including regulatory affairs, contract management and in-depth technical repair and servicing. Their customers include the NHS and the private sector.
The team is situated at Southampton General Hospital and operates in a lively and dynamic environment comprising of around 30 staff members.
Clinical engineering works with the latest of technologies, including:
- patient monitoring systems
- anaesthetic machines
- infusion devices
- ECG machines
Clinical engineering offers apprenticeship opportunities for individuals with various levels of prior experience and qualifications.
Completing an apprenticeship provides a work-based learning qualification while giving insight into all aspects of medical engineering. These opportunities teach fundamental techniques in finding faults, completing services and maintaining medical equipment.
QMS certified department QMS – 9001
The clinical engineering department is certified to the international quality management system (QMS) ISO9001:2015.
There are over one million organisations certified to this standard, usually within the private sector. The standard ensures processes for equipment repair are risk assessed and that appropriate protocols are set up to maintain a reliable service. The system is subject to an annual audit conducted by an external certified body.
Medical device commissioning
The department commissions approximately 4000 pieces of medical equipment each year. The commissioning process includes;
- regulatory and servicing advice
- vetting and approval to ensure suitability
- acceptance testing to ensure safety to patients and staff
Ward-integrated equipment servicing
Regular planned preventive maintenance is carried out on medical equipment throughout the Trust. The clinical engineering department adhere to a comprehensive schedule that ensures teams of technologists can visit a ward area to service equipment without needing to remove it from use.
The majority of medical equipment is repaired in-house by the clinical engineering team. Equipment requiring specialist facilities, such as endoscopes, fume cabinets and heart lung bypass machines, are serviced by external providers.