Medical device risk management and governance

Medical device risk management and governance is about ensuring that medical equipment is functioning correctly and is safe to use.

As a clinical scientist in this area, you’ll be involved with the entire equipment lifecycle from acceptance testing to safe disposal.

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Working life

Hospitals use an increasingly wide range of medical equipment in order to deliver healthcare services. This ranges from simple devices such as nebulisers to deliver treatment for respiratory patients, through to sophisticated radiotherapy linear accelerators for cancer treatments and other cutting-edge technologies.

All medical equipment needs to be checked to ensure it is working correctly and safe for patients. As a clinical scientist in medical device risk management and governance, it would be your role to do this.

You won't just be doing safety checks and maintenance though. You’ll also get involved with the entire equipment lifecycle, including:

Medical device risk management and governance is a really exciting and varied role where you will use your expertise in electronic or mechanical engineering to undertake these activities and perhaps become involved in modifying or constructing equipment as well.

You can specialise in device risk management and governance where the role will be more focused on the effective management of equipment, ensuring, for example, that equipment is replaced in a timely fashion and that risks associated with the use of equipment are minimised.

Who will I work with?

Clinicians increasingly rely on the skills of healthcare science staff in medical device risk management and governance and so you will regularly liaise with other scientists (including those working in medical engineering), nurses, doctors and healthcare professionals as part of a multi-disciplinary team, all working for the benefit of the patient.

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