Clinical Engineering

Clinical Engineering is a speciality within biomedical engineering responsible primarily for applying and implementing medical technology to optimise healthcare delivery.


Healthcare science staff in this field design equipment for monitoring, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation or research. They may design laser equipment, electronic aids for patients with disabilities, custom design and manufacture of aids such as wheelchairs or speech synthesisers and investigate the mechanics of the body.

The main roles of a Clinical Engineer are:

  • designing and developing instruments for patient monitoring, diagnosis, treatment or research
  • quality assurance of patient connected equipment in hospitals
  • building and testing of new joint replacements, active implants and equipment used for various types of non-invasive – ‘keyhole’ – or precision surgery

The skills and knowledge you will need as a Clinical Engineer are:

  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • knowledge of mathematics
  • knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
  • design skills and knowledge
  • knowledge of biology
  • knowledge of physics
  • excellent verbal communication skills

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This virtual tour allows the viewer to take a career finding trip around a Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering Department, finding out about some of the roles available to them.

You will see on the video, a number of hotspots. Within these hotspots, text will appear illustrating: Day to Day duties of the role, Entry Requirements and some contain Day in the Life of… videos.

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Last updated on 3rd March 2022