Title Standards for Chartered Engineer
Type Stage One
Code HPE313
Requirement Compulsory

Module objective

The objective of this module is to define the knowledge, skills and experience that each Clinical Scientist in HSST must gain to meet the UK Engineering Councils requirements for Chartered Engineer accreditation, as articulated in the EC UK-SPEC document to enable them to apply for CEng status.

Knowledge and understanding

By the end of this module the Clinical Scientist in HSST will be able to meet the requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer, via the Engineering Council: 

The Clinical Scientist in HSST must review their cumulative academic and work based training, together with engineering experience to date to identify where further work is required to meet the requirements articulated in UK-SPEC.

Chartered Engineers

Must be competent throughout their working life, by virtue of their education, training and experience, to:

  • use a combination of general and specialist engineering knowledge and understanding to optimise the application of existing and emerging technology.
  • apply appropriate theoretical and practical methods to the analysis and solution of engineering problems.
  • provide technical and commercial leadership.
  • demonstrate effective interpersonal skills.
  • demonstrate a personal commitment to professional standards, recognising obligations to society, the profession and the environment.

With the exception of the 3rd bullet point above, Clinical Scientists in HSST are likely to have gained the majority of competences expected of a Chartered Engineer. The Technical and Commercial leadership expectations are therefore included below as a requirement for Clinical Scientist in HSST to meet via the management of projects or services in a Clinical Biomedical Engineering context:

UK Spec CEng Section C Provide technical and commercial leadership


Plan for effective project implementation.

  • This could include an ability to:
    • Identify the factors affecting the project implementation
    • Lead on preparing and agreeing implementation plans and method statements
    • Ensure that the necessary resources are secured and brief the project team
    • Negotiate the necessary contractual arrangements with other stakeholders (client, subcontractors, suppliers, etc.).


Plan, budget, organise, direct and control tasks, people and resources.

  • This could include an ability to:
    • Set up appropriate management systems
    • Agree quality standards, programme and budget within legal and statutory requirements
    • Organise and lead work teams, coordinating project activities
    • Ensure that variations from quality standards, programme and budgets are identified, and that corrective action is taken
    • Gather and evaluate feedback, and recommend improvements.


Lead teams and develop staff to meet changing technical and managerial needs.

  • This could include an ability to:
    • Agree on objectives and work plans with teams and individuals
    • Identify team and individual needs, and plan for their development
    • Lead and support team and individual development
    • Assess team and individual performance, and provide feedback.

Bring about continuous improvement through quality management.

  • This could include an ability to:
    • Promote quality throughout the organisation and its customer and supplier networks
    • Develop and maintain operations to meet quality standards
    • Direct project evaluation and propose recommendations for improvement.

Technical and clinical skills

By the end of this module the Clinical Scientist in HSST will demonstrate the technical skills and procedures required to achieve CEng standards and will:

  • undertake projects that use project and management skills to meet the above criteria.
  • use constructive listening, mentoring, and appraisal skills.
  • use personal appraisal constructively.
  • audit and evaluate:
    • personal and departmental activities
    • service processes
    • existing and new tests, techniques or clinical services
  • demonstrate good presentation skills, good public speaking and organisation of teaching.
  • search electronic databases and use the Internet as a learning and communication resource.
  • demonstrate competent use of database, word processing and statistics programmes.
  • undertake searches.
  • apply the principles of confidentiality and their implementation in terms of clinical practice.
  • utilise management information to monitor the performance of a Clinical Biomedical Engineering service, including budget report analysis, Human Resource management data, Corporate objectives and other key performance indicators to identify:
    • Effective performance and target delivery
    • Areas that require management intervention
    • Service demand trends
    • Areas for development
  • complete a business plan for a service development within the Clinical Biomedical Engineering Function, ensuring resource implications and option appraisals are completed.

Acquire the necessary Clinical Biomedical Engineering skills to be able to  appreciate the clinical biomedical engineering service repertoire and research and innovation programmes to maintain a cutting edge clinical biomedical engineering service.

Attitudes and behaviours

Attitudes and behaviours consistent with the values of the NHS and the standards expected of a Chartered Engineer as articulated in UK-Specification. (last accessed 30th June 2013)


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HPE3-1-20 Clinical Biomedical Engineering [v1] View