Career outlook for clinical engineer
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would design the amazing technology and medical implants which help injured or disabled people enjoy better health and greater independence.
You could work on the equipment used for keyhole surgery, design wheelchairs or create artificial limbs for people with disabilities.
You’d test equipment like:
- Walking aids
- Speech synthesizers
You’d develop artificial limbs that attach to a person’s tissue and gives them greater control over their movement. You’d carefully help the patients understand the technology and become accustomed to using it.
You might experiment with new materials to make artificial joints, heart valves and hearing implants, which may reduce the chance that the patient’s body will reject it.
Working with doctors, you’d design equipment for new medical techniques, for example, optical instruments for keyhole surgery.
You’d look after and maintain advanced medical equipment such as scanners, imaging machines and monitoring systems. You’d do quality assurance checks to make sure all the equipment works correctly and safely.
You might also work on creating technology to research disease.
It would be very important to keep up to date with scientific, engineering and medical research.
You could work for the National Health Service (NHS) or in the private sector. You can see information about the NHS pay and conditions on the Clinical engineering page on the NHS Careers website.
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