Registration and Training for Biomedical Engineers and Associates in the UK – A Review
Mr Mike Green
Director, The Medical Room
Time: 22 October 2013, 18:00 AEDT (Refreshments from 17:30)
Venue: Engineering House, 21 Bedford St, North Melbourne, VIC 3051
In 2004 the Health Professions Council recommended the compulsory registration of Biomedical Engineering Associates (BEA) in the United Kingdom. Registration will improve safety, and raise the profile of the profession within the healthcare industry. Although a voluntary register has now been operating since 2000, BEA’s are not yet compulsorily required to be registered in the UK.
Compulsory registration requires the definition of mandatory competencies and education and training pathways by which trainees may learn and develop mandatory competencies. The United Kingdom has the National Occupational Standards (NOS) against which Biomedical Engineers may be assessed, but has been found to be lacking in the provision of education and training.
Pathways existed for Biomedical Engineers but until recently clear educational pathways did not exist for Biomedical Engineering Associates. A reliance on on-the-job training resulted in resource draining in the public health sector and inconsistent training outcomes.
The Medical Room developed a training programme, in conjunction with leading London teaching hospital, Kings College Hospital to fill this gap in training for Biomedical Engineering Associates. The modular programme is the only one to combine the theory of medical devices and their clinical applications with the practical skills of maintenance and repair. All essential ingredients required to practice safely. The training programme is accredited to Engineering Associate level by the Open College Network, a UK National Educational Accreditation Body and is revolutionising BEA training in the UK.
A recent research study in Australia identified similar issues with registration and training. Lessons can be learnt from the experiences of the Biomedical Engineers and Engineering Associates in the UK so that the journey forward to better education and training and compulsory registration in Australia is both smoother and easier.
Mike Green is the Director of The Medical Room, a company specialising solely in the recruitment and training of Biomedical Engineers and Associates in the United Kingdom.
Mike has nearly 30 years of experience in technical recruitment, with 13 years specifically in the Biomedical Engineering sector.
With the drive towards compulsory registration of Biomedical Engineering Associates in the UK, Mike identified a need for a dedicated training programme. He has developed a competency-based practical hands-on training programme designed specifically to teach the competencies needed by Biomedical Engineering Associates. The training course is the only one of it’s kind currently in the UK and is revolutionising the Biomedical education and training pathways.