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

Last updated on 23rd August 2021