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Clinical engineering
Level 5 – X-ray Block
Box: 152
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Hills Road
Cambridge
CB2 0QQ

Tel: 01223 216716
Fax: 01223 217029

clinical.engineering@addenbrookes.nhs.uk

ISO 9001:2015 and EN ISO 13485:2012 accredited.

 

The Trust owns approximately 36,000 medical devices valued in excess of £130 million. The purpose of clinical engineering is to manage this and ensure that the benefits of this technology are maximised, and the risks minimised. This involves us in pre-purchase evaluations, acceptance tests, maintenance and development of specialist items. We are also involved with the education and training of device users, and assist risk management following incidents or where equipment is subject to safety and hazard notices.

Our primary concern is patient safety and ensuring the equipment is safe to use and is available for patient care.

The range and level of skills within clinical engineering can obviate the need for expensive service contracts with outside companies with the added advantage of a fast and flexible response as required. We have a computerised equipment management system which enables us to effectively administer the management of all our medical devices.

What is a medical device?

Directive 2007/47/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 September 2007, which amended the Council Directive 93/42/EEC of 14 June 1993 concerning medical devices, defines a 'medical device' as:

“any instrument, apparatus, appliance, software, material or other article, whether used alone or in combination, including the software intended by its manufacturer to be used specifically for diagnostic and/or therapeutic purposes and necessary for its proper application, intended by the manufacturer to be used for human beings for the purpose of:

  • diagnosis, prevention, monitoring, treatment or alleviation of disease,
  • diagnosis, monitoring, treatment, alleviation of or compensation for an injury or handicap,
  • investigation, replacement or modification of the anatomy or of a physiological process,
  • control of conception,

and which does not achieve its principal intended action in or on the human body by pharmacological, immunological or metabolic means, but which may be assisted in its function by such means”.

The management of biomedical equipment is subject to Trust-wide policies and procedures.

Clinical engineering is ISO 9001:2015 accredited and is also EN ISO 13485:2012 accredited. We are audited twice a year by an approved external agency to ensure we continue to meet these exacting standards.

Medical equipment library

The medical equipment library comprises 8,500 standard medical devices. It operates a 24 hour service, 7 days a week.  Our Library of electronic devices is shared across many wards.

Information on available medical devices can be viewed on the medical devices web portal:

Medical electronics

The medical electronics section provides the necessary technical support and electronics expertise to all areas of the Trust utilising electrical and electronic medical devices. With the increased use of technology in medicine, specialist advice is needed to maintain and advise on critical equipment.

Of the numerous items of medical devices that clinical engineering look after medical electronics provide a facility which includes commissioning, testing, planned maintenance, repairing and disposal for the majority of these devices.

All types of diagnostic and therapeutic medical equipment devices are covered, including diagnostic imaging equipment, defibrillators, infusion pumps and multi-parameter patient monitors.

Anaesthetic and clinical equipment

The anaesthetics and clinical equipment section specialises in the maintenance and repair of all gas related medical devices.

These range from high-dependency equipment such as life-saving ventilators and anaesthetic machines to the basic flow meter and suction devices located in most areas.

Essential support is given to adult and paediatric intensive care units, critical-care units, operating theatres and the Rosie Hospital.

Theatre Technical Services

Our team specialises in the first-line technical support of high-dependency equipment within the theatre environment. Essential support is given to all operating theatres, day surgery units and recovery areas including the Rosie Hospital.

Mechanical engineering

The mechanical engineering section provides a comprehensive, quality mechanical engineering resource for all health professionals in the East of England. Our workshops contain a wide range of high quality engineering equipment, including computer controlled machines, welding and test equipment. Services include:

  • service and repair of mechanical devices
  • routine service and sharpening of surgeons' instruments
  • technical advice to users and investigation of failures
  • mercury decontamination and monitoring
  • sphygmomanometer repairs and recalibration
  • engraving  signs and plaques
  • etching stainless steel surgical instruments 
  • mechanical engineering (NHS staff using NHS computers only)

Clinical engineering innovation

Clinical engineering innovation (CEI) aims to identify new, unmet clinical needs and translate these into innovative medical technologies and processes to benefit patients, staff and the wider health economy. Our in house engineering design team has experience across engineering disciplines and detailed knowledge of the regulatory requirements and funding applications to allow innovative products and ideas to be bought into patient care.

For more information go to: Cambridge Clinical Engineering Innovation

Contract support

The contracts team manage the maintenance of medical devices serviced by external suppliers. This includes high value devices such as MRI and CT scanners that cannot be maintained by our in-house maintenance teams. Their role is to negotiate contracts with suppliers, liaise with clinical users and performance-manage suppliers ensuring their service meets our expectations.

Community Servicing

Clinical engineering provides medical device servicing and contract consultancy to healthcare organisations across East Anglia. Further details can be obtained by contacting:

clinical.engineering@addenbrookes.nhs.uk or call 01223 216716