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"To manage the risks associated with the acquisition and use of medical devices?" aka Medical Device Management

Dear colleagues,

Given the diversity of our services across the UK and understanding that there has been a huge shift from 'Just' offering a repair/maintenance service to much much more including strategic management i.e.
* Procurement
* Compliance
* Advice
* Training
* Maintenance
* Capital planning
* Risk management

which Division/Directorate do you feel best serves the purpose?

1) Estates
2) Informatics
3) Core Support Services (such as Pathology/Pharmacy/Outpatients)
4) Corporate/Governance

I'd be interested to hear a) who you are with and b) who you feel would be best suited for the modern department?

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I come under estates but in other trusts have been under medical physics and the director of nursing and the position or placement seems to affect the budget allocation only. I carry out all lifetime medical equipment management and life planning with running the department to producing the capital or revenue need to further and managing the lifetime of the device on house or contract, a lot of work but very rewarding. Don't forget specialist negatotiations and incident reviews so clinical needs and decision based working with front line staff, docs and surgeons as I spend 1 day per week on this as well.
Very busy overall and give me a call if you need to or email on 02089342391 or Paul.kirkby@kingstonhospital.nhs.uk
Tara

Last edited by Electric Blobby; 06/08/15 9:15 PM.

ERRATIC MEANS STATIC SO BE ERRATIC AND NOT STATIC
WE ARE ALL IN THE NHS AND THIS IS
"ERRATIC AND STATIC"
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In my opinion (which is hopefully consistent with posts to other threads over the years) is that what we might call "hospital-based frontline biomed services" should come under the Nursing Directorate at the Hospital or Trust concerned.

Why? Because they are the primary customer of biomed services (and therefore hopefully best placed to hear arguments about funding, budgeting, [lack of] resources etc.).

All other options (coming under Estates, Facilities, Engineering or WHY) have been shown to fall short over the years, for various reasons that we need not go into here. frown

Myself, I have always found Senior Nurses generally supportive; whilst the Engineers (the Computer Gang ... and even Laundry Management) often see the biomeds as the "competition" (or even, it must be said, the enemy)!

But (IMHO) the real trouble with Technical Services in the NHS is its lack of overall structure.

As I have mentioned on here many times before, I believe there should support for the (First Line) hospitals available from a regional Second Line set-up (of mobile engineers, specialist workshops, management of service contracts etc.) backed up by a central Third Line facility (providing *training, overall policy, "one-off" special facilities ... and all the **rest).

* Even if its contracted out to the likes of Avensys, Eastwood Park et al it should still be controlled by somebody!

** Such as central provisioning of equipment and spares, test equipment calibration, inspection services, pooled resources of rarely used (and expensive) test equipment, etc., etc.


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