|Title||Device Maintenance and Repair|
By the end of this module the Clinical Scientist in HSST will be able to analyse and synthesise their understanding of medical device maintenance and repair and the impact on the clinical service and safety, including patient safety. The Clinical Scientist in HSST will be expected to apply their knowledge in the clinical setting and demonstrate the ability to develop, organise and monitor planned maintenance programmes including the use of risk-based methodologies and manage and oversee the equipment repair processes within the medical engineering workshop and clinical settings. The Clinical Scientist in HSST will also be expected to evaluate their own response to both normal and complex situations using the professional attributes and insights required of a Consultant Clinical Scientist.
Knowledge and understanding
By the end of this module the Clinical Scientist in HSST will be able to analyse, synthesise and critically apply their expert knowledge with respect to medical device management including:
- apply engineering principles to the management of risk in designing and delivering maintenance programmes.
- critically evaluate and identify key maintenance requirements, key test equipment requirements and associated measurement uncertainties
Technical and clinical skills
By the end of this module the Clinical Scientist in HSST will be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of current research and its application to the performance and mastery of the following technical skills and will:
- plan and manage preventive maintenance regimens for individual devices and the larger groupings of medical devices.
- plan and participate in training and deploying the technical workforce to ensure coverage of all equipment types.
- specify, arrange and manage external service contract providers.
- act as an expert on the use and interpretation of medical device safety tests as part of the maintenance process, including the resolution of anomalies.
- design planned maintenance regimens for a range of medical devices.
- oversee workmanship standards on a range of medical devices.
- specify the calibration requirements for specific test equipment required to assist in the maintenance process.
- specify the records necessary to support the maintenance process, including determination of records to comply with all of the following:
- statutory requirements
- prevailing national healthcare standards/NHS requirements
- customer requirements
- best professional practice
- local needs.
- provide expert advice on the cleaning and decontamination of medical devices as related to the maintenance process.
- specify test equipment required for the workshop.
- monitor the service records of technical staff to ensure they are comprehensive and legible.
- oversee the correct use of hand tools within the workshop.
- ensure traceability of product in the maintenance process.
- identify and minimise health and safety risks in the workshop and clinical environments while maintenance activities are undertaken.
- ensure device modifications are undertaken appropriately.
- advise on the appropriateness of in- house modifications and the necessity for risk assessment and the establishment of a design project.
Attitudes and behaviours
By the end of this module the Clinical Scientist in HSST will be expected to evaluate their own response to both normal and complex situations demonstrating the professional attributes and insights required of a Consultant Clinical Scientist working within the limits of professional competence referring as appropriate to senior staff and will:
- behave in accordance with Good Scientific Practice.
- establish and influence the culture of health and safety in the workplace
- have a clear focus on effective patient centred service delivery, minimising risk and promoting patient safety.