New report points to lack of clinical engineers in the NHS
The Institution of Mechanical Engineers has issued a new report: Biomedical engineering: advancing UK healthcare, which was covered by the press, including the Daily Telegraph. The report calls for urgent action to prioritise the role of engineers in the NHS. “Biomedical engineers have a vital role to play in the NHS. We would like to thank the authors of this timely report and welcome their recommendations to raise both the numbers and status of clinical (biomedical) engineers”, said IPEM's Vice President Engineering, Professor Azzam Taktak. You can read IPEM's full response to this report here.
IPEM’s Workforce Intelligence Unit is currently conducting its own study to map the services and staffing of electro-biomedical engineers across the UK. This study aims to address a widely recognised lack of accurate and comprehensive data in this area.
IPEM was a major contributor to the evaluation process for a new, single dose radiotherapy treatment for breast cancer. Approval by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for this new intrabeam treatment received major press coverage, including this article in the Guardian. The evaluation report can be found here https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/gid-tag353/resources/breast-cancer-early-intrabeam-radiotherapy-system-appraisal-consultation-document.
This American article on MRI safety refers to IPEM's policy statement: 'Scientific Safety Advice to Magnetic Resonance Imaging Units that Undertake Human Imaging'. http://www.auntminnie.com/index.aspx?sec=sup&sub=mri&pag=dis&ItemID=107923
In the run up to MPEC2014 in Glasgow, the conference was covered by Aunt Minnie's and PRWeb.
Inspiring new biomedical engineers
In July, 24 students from across the UK attended an IPEM-sponsored biomedical engineering course at the University of Southampton, organised by The Smallpeice Trust http://www.pr.com/press-release/569761
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