Dr John Sandham - EBME Chair
John has been chairman of EBME (www.ebme.co.uk) since 1999. He is recognised as an expert in his field of healthcare technology management. John is a senior research fellow at Middlesex University. He has been instrumental in changing device management policies and processes at many NHS and private healthcare organisations and has a proven track record in delivering improvements that advance regulatory compliance and patient care.
His many years of equipment management and maintenance experience includes: biomedical, diagnostic imaging, endoscopy and pathology. John has in excess of 150 published educational articles. 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. John is keen to share his knowledge and raise the profile of Medical Engineering.
David Mulvey - EBME Deputy Chair
David’s Medical Engineering experience goes back some 35 years. Working in the commercial sector with S&W, Vickers Medical and his own company Artemis Medical Ltd, David held roles of Senior Engineer, Technical Training Manager and Technical Director. Having a passion to help Biomedical Engineers develop their skill and knowledge in such areas as Anaesthesia, Cardiology, Neonatology and Ventilation, David has run countless training courses and seminars. His training has gained a worthy reputation for a quality and practical approach to many complex clinical engineering subjects. The past 8 years David has worked within the NHS as both Technical Trainer and Technical Support Engineer. He has broadened his engineering experience with roles in Pathology and Imaging (MR, CT and X-Ray) and remains committed to providing close support to the clinicians in these areas. Throughout his career David has sought to ensure that equipment and support are provided at the best possible value for money. Working with suppliers in recent years he has striven to ensure that his hospital receives the best service at the lowest costs. Knowing as he does how companies price equipment and service provision, David can often be said to be 'Poacher come Game Keeper'. In todays NHS controlling costs and ensuring quality are one of most import roles of every Biomedical Engineer and David has been at the forefront of sharing his experience in this area.
Mike Hilditch is Managing Director of The Hilditch Group and Chairman of the Trustees of The Amalthea Trust, Mike and Nicky Hilditch established the charity, which is supported by The Hilditch Group, following research they carried out on the best ways of helping healthcare development in Low Income Countries. It was apparent from work carried out by, amongst others, The Global Partnership for Anaesthesia and Surgery, that whilst there was not necessarily a shortage of medical equipment in hospitals, there was a huge shortage of trained technicians to maintain the equipment . Hence much of the equipment in major acute hospitals was not working or frequently broke down, medical equipment maintenance has now been recognised as a key area of concern and improvement by the World Health Organisation. The Amalthea Trust partners existing technical colleges in LIC’s and with the assistance of a band of intrepid NHS Medical Engineer volunteers we offer practical medical equipment training to a range of students. To date we have trained over 80 medical engineering technicians in Uganda and provided Train the Trainer courses in Ethiopia.
Andrew is the Director of Technical Services at MTS Health responsible for leading equipping and technical consulting for a variety of new build and operational consulting projects. He is a Chartered Electrical Engineer and registered with the HCPC as a Clinical Scientist. After graduating, Andrew joined the NHS in 1984 working in Clinical Engineering leaving in 1990 to work in the Healthcare Industry. Andrew’s experience encompasses education & training, equipment management and equipping consulting within Healthcare design and build projects with a specific interest in critical care and theatre design including the impact of technology on clinical workflow. As the MTS Technical Director, he also has interests in strategic asset management and procurement and supports projects from the initial business case stage through to procurement, commissioning and ongoing equipment management.
Philip Hodsman, BSc, PG Dip. MIEx, is the European Business Development Manager for the ECRI Institute. www.ecri.org.uk He has a background in industrial chemistry and international trade. He had 9 years of experience in medical device sales prior to joining ECRI in 2013.
The ECRI Institute are experts in medical technology research and providing impartial advice on the planning, evaluation, procurement, management and safety of medical technologies. Philip is a specialist in utilising ECRI Institute’s information to optimise the safety, management and procurement processes in healthcare technology decision making.
Scott has worked in the healthcare sector for 28 years and is a registered clinical scientist with Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC); he has a PhD in healthcare science and a background in engineering and science having begun his career serving an apprenticeship with British Telecom, previously the General Post Office.
He has previously sat on a number of IPEM committees including Council, EGB and the CESIG during which he was an author and editor of Report 97. Scott has published widely in the clinical engineering field including contributing to three books. Recently he has become interested in Lean service improvement and been involved in a number of innovative projects around operating theatre patient pathways and health records.
In 2014 he established Health Tech Solutions Ltd offering consultancy services to the healthcare sector focusing on technical and user training, risk management, replacement planning and lean service improvement. He works in partnership with a number of providers developing educational materials including FdSc and BSc programmes and updating existing courses. In addition he delivers medical and dental equipment training for Eastwood Park including specialist courses on Servicing Ventilation and Anaesthetic Equipment, Servicing Cardiovascular equipment, Servicing Dental Operating Units as well as the introductory Biomedical Equipment Maintenance Practice.
Steve MacAleese is Head of Sales at Qardio Europe Ltd - Qardio combines innovative technologies, elegant design and powerful data analytics to create the next generation of ECG connected monitors.
Steve has 30 years of experience in selling to the NHS and health authorities across EMEA and has previously worked as Vice President of Omron Healthcare and General Manager at WelchAllyn UK. Steve launched the innovative QardioCore wireless wearable ECG monitor in 2018. He aims to improve the ECG Holter procedure by increasing patient comfort, reducing costs and streaming live data from the patient to the care provider.
Deputy Head of Service, Medical Equipment Management, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Laura Metcalfe has over 25 years experience working as a technologist for the NHS in medical equipment management.
Laura is the Deputy Head of Service and training lead for medical equipment management in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
Training and staff development is a focus in Laura’s role; she is also the training co-ordinator for the IPEM West of Scotland Training Consortium and manages the NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde medical equipment management modern apprentice training programme.
Mark joined Enovacom in 2016 as UK Business Development Director, following a 20-year career in healthcare IT.
Mark is passionate about improving healthcare, and delivering new innovation and emerging technologies that provide real value to patients, and support healthcare professionals to deliver improved outcomes for their patients.
Dal is the Biomedical Sales Modality Lead at Althea UK & I. Althea employs more than 140 biomedical technology specialists and support staff in the UK & Ireland delivering planned preventative and reactive maintenance on over 130,000 devices across hospital facilities; supported by a loan fleet of 1,000 biomedical devices.
Dal has more than 30 years of technical and commercial experience in the biomed field in a wide range of roles. He is passionate using this experience to help the NHS and other health care providers achieve the highest standards in safety and patient care in the most cost-effective way.
Mike Giles has a BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering and is the Operational Contracts Programme Manager for the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) in Stanmore where he manages the oversight and delivery of outsourced Clinical Engineering and Pathology services. He was instrumental in the introduction of RNOH’s medical device replacement programme in 2015 which has annually provided Executive confidence in the identification and prioritisation of devices for replacement beyond their recommended life-span against limited budgets.
Mike also leads as the Chair of RNOH’s Supplementary Clinical Services Governance Group and has experience in the Financial Derivative markets as a company Director and as an Engineering Patent Analyst.
Caroline has a Clinical Engineering background and has worked on a wide range of equipment projects in the UK producing option appraisals, business cases, procurement strategies, undertaking medical equipping and operational reviews, implementation plans, value testing and working on cost improvement plans. She has also advised Trusts and bidding consortia on major PFI development schemes as well as smaller capital equipping schemes in respect of service planning, design, output specifications, investment planning, service configurations, procurement and operational solutions. She is currently involved in a number of major hospital development projects including the procurement of equipment for the new Royal Papworth Hospital. Caroline is also involved in a number of transformation projects that embrace the need for change in the way that medical equipment is procured and managed.
Head of Service, Medical Equipment Management, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Ted is currently Head of Service for Medical Equipment Management in the largest health board in Scotland based in the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.
He has worked in Medical Equipment Management for 36 years working from trainee technician to Technical Manager. He has mainly worked in major teaching hospitals and district general hospitals around the Glasgow and Clyde region, broken by a year in St Mary’s Hospital, Portsmouth in the late 80’s.
As Head of Service, he realised his technical knowledge did not adequately equip him for a post in senior management and completed a BA in Management in 2011.
Chief Healthcare Technology Officer, National Children’s Hospital Project, Dublin, Ireland.
Francis Hegarty is is a founding member of the Medical Physics and Bioengineering Department in St James’s Hospital, Dublin, Ireland. Over the course of a thirty year career he has served within this department as a Biomedical Engineering Technician, Chief Technologist and later as Principal Physicist leading the Clinical Engineering group. In this time he has managed teams providing equipment management services and he is familiar with the application of healthcare technology in a broad range of clinical departments. He was instrumental in establishing the department’s management structure and is an advocate for multidisciplinary team working between clinicians and engineers. He led on the implementation of the department’s healthcare technology management systems. Central to this was his development of an innovative medical equipment management database system. He has led a number of multidisciplinary hospital projects where medical equipment was integrated in clinical information systems.
Debbie Pope is the Country Manager (UK & Ireland) for Qualcomm Life. Debbie carries 10 years of NHS commercial knowledge and experience working directly with the NHS and their industry partners across most healthcare sectors and divisions from NHS Digital and Public Health to CCGs, STPs and directly with Primary & Secondary care organisations to enable them to deliver a smarter healthcare through digital technology.
Debbie leads Qualcomm Life to drive the trend in delivering intelligent care anywhere across the health continuum from hospital to home through disruptive innovation to keep healthy people healthy, help patients recover faster and empower people with chronic conditions to have a better quality of life. The promise of Precision Medicine is to deliver the right treatment at the right time taking into account individuals' health history, genes, environments, lifestyles, and preferences. This breakthrough approach has already revolutionised how we treat disease by hyper-personalising diagnosis and treatment. This new era of evidenced-based, precise care is driven, in part, by connected monitoring and therapies that will play a major role in advancing the delivery of patient-generated health data. This data will help scale precision medicine by giving providers a comprehensive and continuous view of patient data that will guide preventative care and chronic disease management. Debbie will give an understanding of how connected patient data and powerful insights will fuel predictive care models, activate patients, and improve outcomes, drawing upon experiences of projects currently being undertaken in the UK and Internationally.