THE first Global Clinical Engineers Day is being marked with a series of events around the world – and IPEM members are playing their part.
Clinical engineers around the world are celebrating on 21 October, a date which commemorates the first International Clinical Engineering and Health Technology Management Congress, which was held in Hangzhou, China, last year.
On that day, the Global Clinical Engineers website will feature interviews with members of the clinical engineering community, highlighting associations from around the world and streaming videos to showcase various clinical engineering roles and functions.
The day, which serves as an opportunity to recognise the important contributions clinical engineers make to improving health, is being hosted by the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering’s Clinical Engineering Division, in collaboration with the World Health Organization and clinical engineering associations across the world.
Jasdip Mangat, Head of Clinical Engineering at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, said he was proud to be the chair of IPEM’s Clinical Engineering Special Interest Group during the inaugural Global Clinical Engineers Day.
He said: ‘It was not too long ago where I saw an article in the New Scientist, written by [IPEM Fellow] Peter Jarritt, which highlighted that the medical technology sector is growing faster than any other area in the life sciences, and sales are set to outpace even that of pharmaceuticals.
‘It brought home the fact that we clinical engineers have to make significant and fast-paced changes in the technology we create and manage, to meet the global change in healthcare models, and current/future patient expectations. It is very clear that we in the UK are not the only ones looking at novel technologies such as telemedicine, novel financial models for investment in medical technology, or the ways we select, train and develop our future workforce, as the skills required for success in our profession - Health Technology Management - expand far wider than routine maintenance and repair. This is a worldwide profession, and such a global event can only help improve awareness of the great work being done in this fascinating area of science.’
He added: ‘I am not aware of any other areas within Medical Physics having a global day, so hopefully this can encourage others to follow, to enable us all within IPEM to celebrate and reflect on the wonderful work we all do for patients.’
Amongst IPEM members taking part in Global CE Day is Professor Daniel Clark, Head of Clinical Engineering at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.
Professor Clark will be delivering a talk at Warwick University on ‘Healthcare Technology Innovation & the Future’ to around 400 academics and postgraduate students from different engineering backgrounds. His presentation is taking place at 12pm and will be streamed live on the Global CE Day website.
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