Rehabilitation Engineering

Rehabilitation Engineering is the systematic application of engineering sciences to design, develop, adapt, test, evaluate, apply, and distribute technological solutions to problems confronted by individuals with disabilities.


Healthcare science staff working in this field play a key role in the assessment of the individual needs of disabled people and in the prescription of assistive technology to meet those needs. They provide standard and custom-made assistive technology including special seating, wheelchairs, artificial limbs, electronic communicators (such as speech synthesisers) and robotic aids.

They are likely to be involved in the designing, building and testing of such assistive technology. They may also be responsible for quality assurance.

Last updated on 23rd August 2021