Expert interviews: Medical equipment training with Dr Scott Brown

As one of our team of Trainers at Eastwood Park, Dr Scott Brown contributes to the development and delivery of Eastwood Park’s medical equipment training.

Scott has over 25 years’ in the clinical engineering sector. He is a registered clinical scientist with the Health Care Professions Council, has a PhD in risk management and a background in engineering and science.  He is currently Capital Investment Manager with Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust and Lead Consultant/Managing Director for Health Tech Solutions Ltd.

What first attracted you to teaching?

I began teaching in the late 1990's, having been impressed by the technical training courses I attended with a medical device manufacturer. I later joined Eastwood Park to deliver their medical equipment courses alongside my role as at Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust and Health Tech Solutions Ltd. This constant contact with a real-world hospital means that my courses are always aligned with current best practice and examples.

What are the benefits of hands-on training alongside classroom based/theory?

Having access to practical facilities including a live medical gas pipeline system and simulated operating theatre is a realism is not available from many providers, who are often much more classroom based.

The primary role of those working in clinical engineering is the hands-on repair of medical equipment. However it is also important for staff to have an understanding of the theory behind the devices, so Eastwood Park’s training blended approach to learning is ideal to get the ‘best of both worlds’, meaning learners leave with all-round knowledge and confidence to get the job done.

What are the biggest issues your learners face and how do you help them overcome them?

One of the biggest challenges I find my learners face is interacting with the clinical staff within their hospital, so I introduce clinical terminology into my courses to improve communication. At the end of the day, we are all there for the patients and so we need to do everything we can to ensure that departmental barriers don’t get in the way of this.

We are also unfortunately in an ever increasingly litigious society so I impress upon learners the importance of record keeping, with a view to "if it isn't written down, it didn't happen".

Are there any trends you’re witnessing in the industry?

Connectivity and big data are key trends in the medical equipment industry at the moment, allowing staff to capture data electronically and move towards a paperless workplace. This has led to a real demand for Wi-Fi connections, however these do currently cause issues with data security and information governance.

What advice would you offer anyone looking to start a career in medical equipment?

Training and professional development is very important especially certificated. For those looking to progress up the career ladder I would recommend studying for a degree which is now becoming an essential requirement for many posts.  

In response to this demand, Eastwood Park has developed a Foundation degree medical equipment technologies for this very purpose, with specialist modules on biomedical instrumentation, anaesthetic & theatre equipment, laboratory and foetal monitoring equipment and infant incubators to name a few. The intake for this starts October 2019 so get in touch with Eastwood Park if you feel this could be of benefit to you or your teams.

Find out more and view our latest training dates here. To book your place, call us on +44 (0)1454 262777 or email us.