Clinical engineering

Our clinical engineering team uses their diverse range of expertise to manage and maintain vital medical equipment. They manage regulatory affairs and contract management, and offer technical repairs and servicing of equipment to customers in the NHS and the private sector.

The team is based at Southampton General Hospital and is comprised of around 35 staff members working in a lively, dynamic environment. They work with the latest technologies, including:

  • patient monitoring systems

  • anaesthetic machines

  • infusion devices

  • ultrasound

  • nebulisers

  • ventilators

  • defibrillators

  • ECG machines.

Our team is certified by the international quality management system (QMS) ISO9001:2015.


Clinical engineering offers apprenticeship opportunities for individuals with various levels of prior experience and qualifications. Healthcare science apprenticeships are available at levels two, four and six (degree apprenticeship).

Completing an apprenticeship provides a work-based learning qualification while giving insight into all aspects of medical engineering. These opportunities teach fundamental techniques in finding faults, completing services and maintaining medical equipment.


The department commissions approximately 4000 pieces of medical equipment each year. The commissioning process includes:

  • regulatory and servicing advice

  • vetting and approval to ensure suitability

  • acceptance testing to ensure safety to patients and staff.


Regular planned preventive maintenance is carried out on medical equipment throughout the Trust. The clinical engineering department adheres to a comprehensive schedule that ensures teams of technologists can visit a ward area to service equipment without needing to remove it from use.


The majority of medical equipment is repaired in-house by the clinical engineering team. Equipment requiring specialist facilities, such as endoscopes, fume cabinets and heart lung bypass machines, are serviced by external providers.

Interested in a career in clinical engineering? View our current vacancies.