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School of Engineering Seminar Series

The seminar will be broadcasted worldwide as one of the 12 seminars of the Clinical Engineering World Day (CEDay), organized by the Clinical Engineering Division of the International Federation of Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE)

Friday 21st October 2016 12pm-12.45pm, Room F105/106

Lunch Provided from 12.45pm

Healthcare Technology Innovation & the Futurej

Professor Daniel Clark, Head of Clinical Engineering,

Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust

Director CHEATA – Centre for Healthcare Equipment And Technology Adoption Co-Director – CHT – Centre for Healthcare Technologies Expert Member – Medical Technology Advisory Committee – NICE


When faced with health issues we all want to be assured that we are receiving the latest innovation in technology in order to deliver the best chance of good clinical outcomes and high quality on-going. But, in today’s economic squeeze, and with ever-increasing patient expectations, how can the NHS continue to deliver more for less. With new developments being made all the time, the challenge is to get these to market and to patients as quickly and efficiently as possible. The Government’s Accelerated Access review in 2015 recognised that it is essential for the UK to position itself for the future if we are to get the best value for innovation that will deliver maximum impact to the NHS and its patients.

The University of Nottingham and Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust have a legacy of leading researchers and clinicians working at the cutting edge of healthcare technology innovation to save lives, improve health and speed up diagnosis. We have pioneered a new system to accelerating the pathway from innovation to clinical adoption by bringing together key stakeholders within the newly formed Centre for Healthcare Technologies which includes CHEATA (Centre for Healthcare Equipment and Technology Adoption).

In this presentation Professor Clark will outline the role and importance of technology in healthcare; looking at the benefits and challenges of developing and introducing new and innovative technologies. He will consider the financial problems facing the NHS, the potential for engineers to be part of the solution and describe new and unique services being developed in Nottingham to support academia and industry. His presentation will be illustrated by case studies and conclude with a crystal ball view of the future.


Dan leads the Clinical Engineering service in Nottingham, one of the largest in Europe and provides the full scope of equipment services including: device evaluation, commissioning, service and maintenance, decommissioning and disposal. This service has specialist teams in renal technical support, non-ionising radiation, anaesthetics and
ventilators and general medical and also provides a comprehensive equipment library service and a medical devices training unit. Dan also leads an innovation and research unit that designs and produces novel medical devices plus a device evaluation and adoption service (CHEATA – the Centre for Healthcare Equipment And
Technology Adoption). He has considerable experience of evaluating new technologies and introducing them into the
healthcare setting. Dan has an honorary chair in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Nottingham where he
supports a range of healthcare-related engineering research groups. He chairs the Trust’s Medical Devices Group and sits on a number of trust-wide risk committees. He is the Co-director of the Centre for Healthcare Technologies, a collaborative venture between Nottingham University and Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust specialising in the acceleration of curiosity driven science into adopted medical technology. He is also a member of NICE’s Medical Technology Advisory Committee.