Dr. John Sandham
John has been working in the field of medical devices for over 20 years. He is a recognised expert in his field of medical devices management. He has been instrumental in changing the device management processes of many NHS Trusts and has a proven track record in delivering safe recurrent cost saving improvements that also improve the NHSLA targets. His knowledge of medical devices includes general biomedical, X-ray and pathology. He believes in sharing best practice and is a respected professional in his field, speaking at many professional seminars.
John has been chairman of the medical devices website www.ebme.co.uk since 1999. He has spoken on radio and appeared on television representing the medical engineering viewpoint and acting as an expert in his field. John has had over 100 educational articles published. He has been published in the Open University Science review, Engineering Technology Journal (IET), plus various other newspapers, procurement and scientific publications and the EBME website www.ebme.co.uk. He is keen to share his knowledge and raise the profile of medical devices management.
Dr. Alex Zarneh
Head of Medical Physics The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust
Dr Alex Zarneh joined the Medical Physics Department at Bradford Royal Infirmary in October 1980 as a Basic Grade Physicist. In July 1982 he moved to Dewsbury to establish a Medical Physics Department and was promoted to the head of the department in 1983.
In April 2001 Dewsbury merged with Wakefield and Pontefract NHS Trusts and in January 2003 he was offered the post of Head of Department for the Trust. Alex is an active member of the local church and has a keen interest in foreign languages. He can speak Persian, Armenian, Spanish, English and some German. Alex is dedicated to the future of this profession and hopes that the profession will be promoted to the highest level of national and international recognition.
Alex is also a Certified Laser protection adviser ensuring Trust meet national requirements for compliance purposes. Alex has a National reputation for his work with a large number of clinics and also offers services for registration purposes to Dental surgeons, GP premises and has close links with Denplan.
General Manager of Telehealth/ Telecare (B.T. Global Health)
Andy Jugg is general manager for the Connected Care practice in BT Global Health. Andy and his team work to develop strategic propositions, which are commercial and technical based, in the telehealth & telecare space that can help BT health’s customers with their challenges.
He has held several posts at BT including portfolio strategy for the mobile sector looking at commercial and technological opportunities of 4G/LTE, WiFi, Ethernet, small cells and fixed broadband. He has developed the wholesale managed service business creating white label propositions, and he has managed the company’s IP stream broadband portfolio which at the time introduced the very first ADSL broadband offerings to the market in 2000.
Andy is both an MBA and has a number of engineering qualifications.
Healthcare Technology Management consultant, Health Partners International, and Associate Lecturer, Open University (UK).
The themes of Rob's work over the last twenty or so years have been how people learn and how people collaborate.
He has been working for HPI for most of that time, supporting the development of robust approaches to health system strengthening, and gradually developing a specialism in healthcare technology management in low resource settings, seeking to minimise the complexity and maximise the effectiveness of working in the sector. In a parallel career Rob teaches in three different faculties at the Open University and has introduced many students to the world of independent learning.
He is usually to be found in his airing cupboard with his cat and his computers. Despite this he has a healthy skin colour and does not lack for company. He blogs at http://reallyusefulknowledge.blogspot.co.uk
Dr. Douglas Clarkson.
B.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.d.
Douglas Clarkson has over 25 years experience within Clinical Engineering/ Medical Equipment Management and has specific interests in the use of optical technologies such as treatment lasers and imaging technologies such as OCT within ophthalmic departments. Specific interests also include measurement technologies as applied to Clinical Engineering and where the use of weighing balances for flow measurement of infusion devices and radiometers for measurement of neonatal (blue light) phototherapy are areas of specific development.
Models of medical device risk based on ‘user risk’ and ‘maintenance risk’ have also been developed locally in Coventry based on a generic risk model he has developed and which incorporates fuzzy logic structures. Current developments include an on-line ‘Medical Device Guidebook’ resource facility which will provide a framework for safer medical device use among device users.
He continues to communicate developments in Clinical Engineering and related areas through peer reviewed journal publications.
Business Manager, Automated Infusion Systems, B. Braun Medical
Andrew has over 20 years experience in the medical device industry, and prior to that worked in robotics and automation, and scientific equipment design and manufacture. An Electronics Engineer by training he has worked in manufacturing, service, training, sales and management during his 31 year career.
This experience in cutting edge technologies and a variety of roles provides Andrew with the breadth of experience and insight to lead his current team of clinical, technical, sales and marketing professionals. Andrew is absolutely passionate about the effective implementation of safety systems in medical devices, and has been driving the implementation of Drug Error Reduction Systems among the B. Braun infusion devices installed base, and wider users of infusion devices, recently promoting the uptake of this technology at the Healthcare Innovation Expo, in Manchester.
For over 30 years David has worked in the field of medical engineering, both within the commercial and NHS sectors. His early experience as a senior field service engineer with Simonsen & Weel (S&W) helped him to develop a keen interest in the many aspects of patient monitoring and defibrillation. With the acquisition of S&W by Vickers Medical ltd, David then was given the role of Technical Training Manager. His interests widened to include neonatal care, anaesthesia, ventilation and cardiology. Over several years of developing and delivering training courses and programs to meet the needs of biomedical engineers from the NHS and overseas organizations, David gained a deserved reputation for quality of his training and his passion for the subject.
David spent 10 years as Technical Director for Artemis Medical ltd, which saw the continued development of his training delivered by David, including the ‘Essential Training’ courses, which offer a much needed insight for biomedical engineers into the clinical applications of medical equipment. For the last 4 years David has worked within the NHS in the roles relating to training and engineering, giving him the opportunity to share his wealth of knowledge with younger biomedical engineers.