Clinical Engineer – Clinical Engineering, Royal United Hospital Bath
“I want to inspire generations, empower other women and promote and support diversity in NHS leadership through telling my story. I am looking to build a brand as a female clinical engineer in NHS. I am also looking to build confidence in public speaking and looking to take on more of such opportunities.”
I was inspired by that fact that I could use physics to contribute to enhancing the lives of patients when I took the medical physics module as part of my BSc Physics in Ghana. I opted to study MSc in Biomedical Engineering in Brunel University between 2007-2008, where I undertook a dissertation in assessing distortions in MRI images for use in radiotherapy treatment planning for head and neck cancers.
In September 2008, I was employed as a medical equipment library coordinator at St Helier University Hospital NHS Trust becoming an electro-biomedical engineer within the first year.
In May 2011, I moved to Kent as a Assistive Technology Specialist where I worked as part of the multi professional team, assessing children with complex physical and communication needs to access technology.
In 2016, I was confronted with barriers and challenges so I enrolled on a distant learning post graduate diploma in Actuarial Science, whiles working as an assistive technology specialist.
In February 2017, I joined Royal United Hospital, Bath as Medical Equipment Management Service Business Manager/Clinical Engineer. Moving 178 miles away from home, has opened me up to a new world of opportunities.
As a business manager, I manage the contracts for medical equipment management services provided to other healthcare organisations.
As a clinical engineer, I work in collaboration with multi-disciplinary professionals to find approaches to advancing patient care by applying engineering and managerial skills to medical equipment technology. I also contribute to improvement of medical equipment management within the trust including leading on or coordinating procurement projects.
I have recently led the evaluation of ECG recorders in the Trust which involved bridging the gap between IT and Clinical Engineering in understanding the medical device related security risks through collaborative working. Through this, I am developing a strategy for managing medical device related cyber security risks where the Trust will take a proactive approach in dealing with threats. These projects have created vital relationships between two departments that do not usually work together as well as gaining a greater understanding of how we can drive improvement together in other areas.
My 10-year career journey has been through relentless determination, perseverance and continuous learning whiles dealing with internal barriers as a mum, wife and female in male dominated teams. I am encouraged by women in engineering who have risen through the ranks especially those who have combined career with motherhood as a mother of 3 children. My areas of interest are digital technology in acute care settings and how it impacts on patients and the trust due to increased cyber threats, and the use of assistive technology to remove or reduce some of the barriers faced by inpatients with complex physical and communication disabilities.
I have currently been offered a place on the Higher Specialist Scientific Training Programme where I will be enrolled on a Doctorate in Clinical Science while working in a trainee Consultant Clinical Scientist role another big achievement worth celebrating.