Sarah, Clinical Engineer, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Sarah is a newly registered clinical scientist in the Department of Clinical Physics and Bioengineering, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. She works in the Software and Informatics Team at the Medical Devices Unit (MDU). The MDU is a department with multidisciplinary expertise in the development of medical devices.

Find out more about Sarah's career journey in clinical engineering.


How did you get started in your career as a clinical engineer?

In 2018, after completing a MEng in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Glasgow, I was accepted into the Scottish Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering Training Scheme (SMPCETS).

I spent the next 3.5 years completing a combination of academic study and work-based training in the specialist area of clinical measurement and development. I had placements in various scientific departments across NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, including urodynamics, vascular, cardiology, and rehabilitation engineering. I also spent 6 months specialising in visual electrophysiology. It is a method of assessing eyesight by measuring the electrical signals produced by the visual system.

What's the best thing about being a clinical engineer in the NHS?

Having had the opportunity to experience so many different clinical specialities, I became interested in how information is shared between them and how this data can be best used to improve patient care. As part of the Software and Informatics Team I am involved in several projects which are improving data usage to reduce the risk of clinical errors, facilitate research and quality improvement, and save valuable NHS resources.

I enjoy my job because it is challenging and rewarding and I am continuously learning new skills.

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