On 19 January the Academy hosted a briefing seminar on the integration of technologies into the clinical environment.

Globally, healthcare is becoming increasingly dependent on engineering technology. The UK has plenty of expertise in the research and development of such technology, but historically we have been less adept at exploiting and integrating these developments into the clinical environment for the benefit of patients and the UK economy.  In recent years, it has become recognised that both benefits need to be realised and organisations now exist to encourage those processes. Healthcare technology is complex and expensive – it is important that correct decisions are made regarding its implementation.

This seminar discussed the development of such technologies and their integration into the healthcare system. Chaired by Professor Tony Unsworth FREng, Chair of the UK Focus for Biomedical Engineering, speakers at the session were:

- Professor David Delpy, FREng FMedSci FRS, Chief Executive EPSRC

- Colin Callow, National Technology Adoption Centres

- Professor Graham Spittle CBE, Chair, Technology Strategy Board

- Dr Leonard Fass, GE Healthcare

- Dr John O'Dea, Crospon.

The day brought together a range of delegates from across the biomedical and bioengineering fields who heard from experts on integrating health technology into the UK medical environment, the challenges of implementing new technologies into the NHS, assistance available from the Technology Strategy Board, enabling technologies around the patient, along with a case study on EndoFLIP, a new gastrodiagnostic tool.

Feedback from the day was excellent with delegates particularly interested in how to make introducing their technology into the UK health environment easier.

The Royal Academy of Engineering would like to thank Dr Patrick Magee for organising the seminar as well as the speakers and delegates who made this event a success.

Notes for editors

  1. Founded in 1976, The Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Our fellowship – comprising the UK’s most eminent engineers – provides the leadership and expertise for our activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, we provide independent and impartial advice to Government; work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide a voice for Britain’s engineering community.
  2. The UK Focus for Biomedical Engineering provides a forum through which the principal organisations concerned with biomedical engineering can communicate, debate and jointly act upon issues which affect this area.
  3. The UK Focus for Biomedical Engineering aims to: highlight to industry the potential of biomedical engineering for wealth creation; to encourage the UK manufacturing industry to exploit the opportunities available in biomedical engineering; to advise government, health authorities and the medical research community on matters of legislation and policy relating to biomedical engineering in the UK and abroad; and to enhance biomedical engineering as a profession.

For more information please contact

Katherine MacGregor at The Royal Academy of Engineering
Tel. 020 7766 0623; email:  Katherine MacGregor