Clinical Engineering curriculum


All Clinical Engineering trainees will follow the same curriculum. The curriculum has the flexibility to accommodate multiple services and you may need to seek out new partnerships and networks to meet all of the requirements of the curriculum.

Watch the Introducing the new STP Clinical Engineering curriculum webinar, broadcast on Thursday 12th August 2021, when Caroline Stewart (Clinical Engineering STP Lead Editor) and Beth Beeson (Deputy Editor) joined Chris Fisher (Curriculum Manager, NSHCS) to discuss the new STP Curriculum for Clinical Engineering. They introduced the revised curriculum, talked about rethinking the STP curriculum and training for the future Clinical Engineering workforce.

The rationale for the change to the curriculum has been outlined by Dr Richard Scott in the publication below.


New rotations

  • Clinical Engineering
  • Medical Physics
  • Physiological Measurement
    • written by Clinical Engineering curriculum review group
    • measurement and interpretation of neurophysiological signals
    • mechanical characteristics of physiological systems
    • how imaging data is used to inform physiological assessment
    • trainees can go to one specialty or multiple to cover the areas required
  • Clinical Scientific Computing
    • data
    • security
    • connectivity
    • software development
    • infrastructure
    • hardware management
    • version control methodologies
    • different programming languages
    • cloud-based systems
    • artificial intelligence
    • healthcare apps

New specialty modules

Healthcare technology management

  • Shares some commonalities with the Medical Device Risk Management & Governance pathway.
  • Provides an underpinning in management of technology and knowledge of use to all Clinical Engineers.
  • Embeds system thinking and analysis.
  • Embraces new challenges such as the growth medical device IT.


  • Provides the toolkit for the modern Clinical Engineer.
  • Prepares trainees for the management, analysis and communication of technical, operational and clinical data in their professional practice.
  • Applies the academic learning to the work place.
  • Links with competences in other modules.

Health technology innovation

  • Provides skills in identifying, developing and implementing service innovation.
  • Very flexible.
  • .Some specific competencies to address key skills
  • Includes the design, production, test of a:
    • electronic circuit
    • mechanical part
    • GUI/Webpage

Patient pathway

  • Prepares trainees for patient-facing roles but will not be the trainees first patient interaction.
  • Building upon the patient facing and service knowledge developed during rotations and phase 2 modules.
  • Includes gait analysis, posture management, FES, and electronic assistive technology (EAT).

How to deliver the new Clinical Engineering specialty

Rotations are less demanding than the old rotations and the focus is on observing and reflecting on practice in other specialties related to Clinical  Engineering. You may need to reach out to departments hosting other STP specialties in your Trust for the rotation modules.  For the specialist modules you may need support from other departments or experts in the Clinical Engineering Community. Working with a network of training centres and/or departments can be beneficial to the training experience and may be formalised as a training consortium. Trainees should at least visit departments that specialise in each area to complete the Clinical Experiences.