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Biomedical Engineering awarded “CPD Accredited Employer” Status

23 May 2016

“All the signs are that the organisation has excellent appropriate CPD systems that are very well integrated with the business and serve it well”.

The Biomedical Engineering Department, Cork University Hospital (CUH) has achieved re-accreditation to the Engineers Ireland CPD Accredited Employer standard, the national CPD standard for engineering-led employers in Ireland. Over 160 leading engineering employers are harnessing this national CPD framework to raise competence levels and deliver tangible business benefits. The Biomedical Engineering Department originally achieved CPD accreditation in 2007 and has maintained that accreditation ever since with regular reviews and audits been performed by Engineers Ireland. 

The Biomedical Engineering Department at CUH has retained its commitment to CPD throughout a period of reduced budgets, reduced resources and continued changes to work circumstances and practices. The ever expanding hospital campus and evolving technologies has ensured the adaptability, flexibility and creativity of the department engineers are tested in assignments involving high levels of responsibility. The increasing complexity of projects require a high level of technical skills and the demands of working with diverse departments in the CUH mean that project management skills and collaborative behaviours are necessary. The continued pace of change and added responsibilities for the department engineers emphasise the need to maintain focus on CPD activities and practices.

Originally seen as a medical devices equipment maintenance department, the role of the Biomedical Engineering Department in CUH has evolved to now being an integral part of clinical multidisciplinary teams, service planning, cost containment, innovation and, at a wider national scope, in terms of national procurement and tendering. This evolution has led to the competencies once required to fulfil the role of a Biomedical Engineer expanding to incorporate the traditional technical skills and also soft skills more often seen in management roles. It is the continuation of this strategic development of soft skills and competencies along with the more traditional pure engineering technical skills plus the involvement with external organisations that allows the engineers to Learn, Adapt and Grow and therefore to be ready to guide and assist the development of various projects within the CUH and the wider health system.

The Biomedical Engineering Department has again been successfully benchmarked against a rigorous standard on all aspects of CPD policies and processes by Engineers Ireland and now retains membership of a network of leading organisations, indigenous and multi-national, which is wholly committed to the continuing professional development of staff. 

The three-year Award was granted as “All the signs are that the organisation has excellent appropriate CPD systems that are very well integrated with the business and serve it well”.