Medical Devices are getting more and more complex and are connected to internet services for telemetry or maintenance purposes. In order to stay up-to-speed, Clinical Engineers are required to equip their toolkit with IT skills - both hardware and software expertise.
It has become necessary for Clinical Engineering departments to develop the IT knowledge within their teams to make sure they are fit to address the increasing challenges of device connectivity and security.
Clinical Engineering teams have mid to senior level clinical engineers who are keen to develop their IT skills. They often have a general engineering undergraduate degrees , but no specific IT qualifications. Therefore, an IT /Networking based apprenticeship is an ideal opportunity of engineers, managers, departments and NHS Trusts to invest in their staff.
Following are some relevant apprenticeships for Clinical Engineering managers to explore and identify which one suits best for their staff, and mid to long term department goals.
INFRASTRUCTURE TECHNICIAN – Level 3
DIGITAL SUPPORT TECHNICIAN – Level 3
DIGITAL AND TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS SPECIALIST (INTEGRATED DEGREE) – Level 7 - MSc Digital & Technology Solutions
DIGITAL AND TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS PROFESSIONAL (INTEGRATED DEGREE) – Level 6 - BSc (Hons) in Digital & Technology Solutions
CYBER INTRUSION ANALYST – Level 4
CYBER SECURITY TECHNOLOGIST – Level 4
Each Apprenticeship Standard has Role Profile, that gives a good idea to evaluate if it is relevant to a specific vacancy or individual's progression. Once an Apprenticeship Standard is identified, managers need to contact Trust Apprentice Lead to find out appropriate delivery provider(s).