Public Lecture: Hiding in Plain Sight: The Unseen Impact of Engineering in Healthcare
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Dates: 25/01/2023, 18:30 - 25/01/2023, 21:30
Venue: King's College London
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25/01/2023, 18:30 -
25/01/2023, 21:30
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King's College London
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Public Lecture: Hiding in Plain Sight: The Unseen Impact of Engineering in Healthcare

This lecture will cover three hidden areas of bioengineering where expertise is key: In-silico engineering, safe and effective engineering of healthcare systems, and bioengineering.

This is a joint lecture, run by IPEM and the School of Biomedical Engineering and Imaging Science, King's College, London

Bioengineering is a hidden, broad-church profession within healthcare. There are many aspects to bioengineering. Clinical engineering is responsible for NHS Trust-wide policy, regulatory compliance as well as performing in the research and innovation space. Medical Equipment Management Service (MEMS) handles the day-to-day management of equipment including commissioning, servicing and repair. Radiation Equipment Servicing (RSE) is responsible for the maintenance of radiotherapy treatment machines. Mechanical workshop undertakes design and construction of equipment using traditional techniques and 3D printing.

This lecture features three hidden areas of bioengineering where its expertise is key. 

In silico engineering is developing rapidly and has the ability, provided it is accepted by the regulators, to reduce the number of animals and humans used in clinical trials for drug and device development. 

Safe and effective engineering of health care systems is essential for the diagnosis and treatment of patients as well as to improve patient outcomes.

Bioengineering is included in interdisciplinary research collaborations following atrocities which have led to societal impacts in relation to equipment, behaviour, medical treatment and compensation. 


We shall hear from 3 experts in their respective fields:

Professor Rebecca Shipley DPhil OBE FIET FRSA, University College London
In Silico Engineering

 Becky Shipley is Professor of Healthcare Engineering in UCL Mechanical Engineering and Director of the UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering. Her research programme focuses on mathematical and computational modelling in medicine and biology spanning diagnostic and therapeutic applications. Becky works in diverse areas such as nervous system repair, cancer and physiology of critically ill patients, with a focus on better understanding the biology of disease as well as developing technologies which will change patient outcomes. She holds an extensive grant portfolio in collaboration with academics and medics across UCL and partner hospitals, and her work has been recognised through numerous prestigious prizes (for example, Rosetrees Trust Interdisciplinary Prize 2016; Women’s Engineering Society Top 50 Women in Engineering 2021). 

From March 2020 Becky co-led the UCL-Ventura programme which designed and delivered 10,000 non-invasive ventilators to the NHS, deployed across 130+ hospitals. By supporting local manufacturing hubs globally, the devices are now being used to treat patients in at least 30 countries with a strong focus on low-middle income countries. The team was awarded numerous prizes including the Royal Academy of Engineering President’s Special Awards for Pandemic Service (2020) and the Health Service Journal Awards 2020: Acute Sector Innovation of the Year.  

Since 2018 Becky has been Director of the UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering, a multidisciplinary vehicle across UCL and partner hospitals for discovery research and the translation of medical and digital technologies. She is co-lead of the UCL-UCL Hospital Biomedical Research Centre theme in Healthcare Engineering and Imaging and is Non-Executive Director at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Trust.

In Summer 2021 Becky was awarded an OBE for services to the pandemic both nationally and nationally. She is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and an invited Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

Dr Emmanuel Akinluyi PhD DClinSci FHCS(Hon), Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
Engineering Health Systems outside the comfort zone

 Didi Akinluyi is the Head of Clinical Engineering and the Chief Biomedical Engineer at Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. During the first wave of the pandemic he took up an additional role as one of the Leads for London's Clinical Engineering network.

Didi is an honorary senior lecturer at King's College London, where among other things he has developed healthcare technology design content for the nation's training of Clinical Engineers. He holds two doctorates in healthcare system design: broadly in modelling value and mapping technological interventions to outcomes that matter to patients and health services. 

He is the UK's first Clinical Engineer to complete Higher Scientific Specialist Training and to become a Consultant Clinical Scientist by this route. He has recently been made an honorary fellow of the Academy for Healthcare Science.

Professor Anthony Bull PhD, FREng, Imperial College

Bioengineering and Expert Medical Testimony: Societal Impact in the Most Unexpected Way

 Anthony is Professor of Musculoskeletal Mechanics at Imperial College London and Director of the Centre for Blast Injury Studies which, through interdisciplinary research collaborations, has led to societal impact in terms of changes to equipment, behaviour, medical treatment and compensation for injury in the military. He chaired the expert witness panels for the Birmingham Pub Bombings Inquest and the Manchester Arena Bombing Inquiry. Outside his research leadership, Anthony is Chair of Trustees of the BioMedEng Association and has just completed 10 years as Head of the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and one of 40 members of the World Council of Biomechanics.

Attendance is free of charge, however booking in advance is essential.

If you have any queries, please email the IPEM conference team or tel: 01904 550598

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