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Team Of The Week

Clinical Engineering Support Team

LTHT relies on hundreds of thousands of pieces of clinical equipment to help our hospitals run smoothly. We have many teams working within the Medical Physics & Engineering Department, two of which being the Clinical Engineering Support Teams based at both St James's and the LGI. They are responsible for helping to ensure the hospital medical equipment is fit for purpose whilst supporting other teams within the Clinical Engineering department, including those that specialise in Critical Care and Theatres. The Clinical Engineering Support Team build and perform safety tests on new equipment ready to go on to the wards but also repair existing pieces, both in their workshops and on the wards.

Neil Andrews, Support Team Leader at St James's, said:Every piece of medical equipment that comes into the Trust should come through us first. Tens of thousands of pieces of equipment are maintained by our department comprising of hundreds of different models from different manufacturers, so it can be a bit of a challenge getting to grips with it all.

Many of the team members have backgrounds in industry and have now brought their skills to LTHT, where they learn about the equipment on the job as well as attending manufacturers' training courses. The vast array of equipment maintained ranges from Oxygen Flowmeters, Vital Signs Monitors and Infusion Devices that are seen on all wards, to the more complex pieces as used in theatres and critical care areas such as Life Support Ventilators and Anaesthetic Machines.

The team also provide engineering support to a number of health centres and GP surgeries across Leeds and Bradford.

Neil continues:We all enjoy the variety of our work. In just one day you could be at your bench, or out on the wards or even getting in the van to go out into the community. Not to mention the various pieces of equipment that present numerous problems that keeps us on our toes.

This equipment is so important in caring for our patients, so it has to be completely accurate. It's a big responsibility, but you get a real sense of satisfaction when you work the problems out!