The department of medical physics and clinical engineering provides a comprehensive range of scientific and technical services to support the treatment of patients, both within Cambridge University Hospitals and through a range of specialist services provided to other Trusts in East Anglia Physicists, engineers and technicians offer services ranging from managing over 12,400 items of highly specialised medical equipment, to providing specialist advice on the safe use of radiation, and providing essential physics support for radiotherapy treatments for patients with cancer.
Departments / Units / service enhancers
Medical physics and clinical engineering department
Department heads - Dr Martin Graves (MRI Physics) Dr Sarah Heard (Nuclear Medicine Physics) Oliver Morrish (Radiation Protection) Dr Simon Thomas (Radiotherapy Physics) Prof Paul White (Clinical Engineering)
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. The East Anglian Regional Radiation Protection Service (EARRPS) advises the Trust on the safe use of all forms of radiation such as X-rays, lasers and ultraviolet. EARRPS was established in 1983 and is an ISO 9001 accredited service.