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Rehabilitation Engineer Service

The rehabilitation engineer (RE) service is an element of the regional posture and mobility services. Its function is to support rehabilitation services across the West Midlands.  The majority of our rehabilitation engineers do their training at the West Midlands Rehabilitation Centre, and work accross the West Midlands in District Wheelchair Services. 

The Rehabilitation Engineers provide support to these services at a practitioner level supporting the assessment processes and leading in the management of medical devices.  Regional Rehabilitation Engineers from the West Midlands Rehabilitation Centre also take a lead in the provision of special / bespoke seating and special controls for wheelchairs.

See also:    Quality engineering support  |  Project engineering  |  Professional registration  |  Engineering assurances.

Within the region, rehabilitation engineers manage clinical services, lead on management of medical devices, are involved in regional R&D, audit, CPD training events, quality engineering and project engineering, and have a recognised careers structure. 

Rehabilitation engineers also host meetings for the Rehabilitation Engineering Service Managers Group (RESMaG), Prosthetic and Orthotic Interest Group (POIG), and support Prosthetic and Orthotic services accross the three regional centres for the West Midlands:

  1. Birmingham,

  2. Stoke, and

  3. Wolverhampton.

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Quality Engineer Support
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These services provide a useful feedback mechanism between the regional local wheelchair service, rehabilitation engineers, equipment manufacturers and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) by co-ordinating the adverse incident systems for the region. Quality related issues are managed directly with the manufacturers.

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Project Engineer Service
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Directed by the West Midlands wheelchair managers group (WMWM), the project engineering service supports the collective Wheelchair Services by researching and developing solutions to individual local issues for the benefit of the whole region to include compliance to legislation relating to the management of medical devices.  Projects completed in recent years include:

  • lap belt training DVD (response to MHRA alert)

  • wheelchair stability

  • wheelchair transportation

  • decontamination of Class 1 medical devices

  • wheelchair weights project

  • approved repairer audits

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Professional Registration

Within the West Midlands all Rehabilitation Engineers are registered on the Voluntary Register of Clinical Technologists (VRCT) and are committed to Health Professions Council (HPC) registration post VRCT.  All Rehabilitation Engineers are registered with the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM) and have, or are working towards Incorporated membership with the institute.

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Rehabilitation Engineer Service Assurances

 Rehabilitation Engineers are recruited, educated and participate in continual professional development (CPD) centrally to support a consistent standard across the region.  Rehabilitation Engineers meet regularly to provide a large (approx. 30 members) peer group. Additionally Rehabilitation Engineers engage in reflective practices (to include case studies) with other multi-disciplinary team (MDT) members.

Rehabilitation Engineers form part of a regional Healthcare Science group, have representation on national Rehabilitation Engineering Service Managers Group (RESMaG) Council / interest groups and established links with IPEM groups e.g. Clinical Technologists Education and Training Panel, IPEM Moderator groups.

Rehabilitation engineers also have close links with Coventry University, which offers a three-year vocational degree and a one-year graduate diploma course in rehabilitation engineering. [click here for more information]

Rehabilitation Engineering forms part of the Health Care Science Group (HCS) whose service structure is underpinned by the Modernising Scientific Careers (MSC) initiatives.  See: http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Aboutus/Chiefprofessionalofficers/Chiefscientificofficer/DH_086661

Rehabilitation Engineering services are committed to work within the Modernising Scientific Careers (MSC) structure for the latest information follow http://www.networks.nhs.uk/nhs-networks/msc-framework-curricula