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Rachael Andrews - design and innovation engineer/clinical scientist

Rachael Andrews
Rachael Andrews - design and innovation engineer/clinical scientist

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Full name

Rachael Andrews

Job title/role

Design and innovation engineer/clinical scientist

Department/area

Clinical engineering innovation

Healthcare science specialism

Clinical engineering

What does your job involve?

My primary role is leading projects to design and manufacture novel medical devices that address unmet clinical needs. My team works with clinicians from across our hospitals – they bring clinical expertise and first-hand experience of the clinical need, and CEI provides an engineering perspective, so together we form the perfect problem-solving team!

As well as leading several design projects, I provide technical support to the CCRC’s metabolic research facility, I am a line manager to a technician, and I am involved in teaching, training and outreach work. In addition, I recently re-established the East of England Healthcare Science Network, which aims to connect the fragmented healthcare science workforce within and between Trusts and to raise the profile of our often-overlooked profession.

What role did you and your team play in the COVID-19 response?

My team has been heavily involved medical equipment aspects of the COVID-19 response, with a strong focus on PPE: determining suitability of non-standard donated or procured PPE, coordinating the efforts of local engineering businesses to make best use of available resources, creating simple PPE designs for rapid production by local non-medical manufacturers, and designing better masks for healthcare workers, to name but a few! I helped with redeployment of CUH healthcare scientists into clinical engineering, and I enabled a crucial non-COVID project to continue throughout the pandemic.

What’s the best thing about your job?

The variety, both in the design projects and my other tasks.