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”.
The Biomedical Engineering Department, Cork University Hospital (CUH) has been awarded the CPD Company of the Year in the small-sized category in recognition of the innovative Continuing Professional Development (CPD) practices they employed in researching and identifying new and emerging medical device technologies and then engaging in frontline technical and soft skills CPD and cross-training ahead of Operation Bambino. Operation Bambino was the name given to the project which entailed the seamless merging of the three local maternity units, (the Erinville Maternity Hospital, St.Finbarr’s Maternity Unit and the Bon Secours Maternity unit) in one day into the new €75 million purposebuilt state-of-the-art Cork University Maternity Hospital (CUMH) which opened in March 2007.
The complexity and scale of this operation is unprecedented in the history of the Irish health services. Tony McNamara, General Manager, Cork University Hospital Group, said, “This award is a major coup for the staff and reflects the level of expertise and experience within the Biomedical Engineering Department as well as their commitment to maintaining and developing this expertise. Biomedical Engineering provides a critical service in CUH and other hospitals in the region. We are delighted that their innovation and expertise has been formally recognised by their peers in industry.”
Winners in the CPD Company of the Year Small Sized Company Category, the Biomedical Engineering Department, Cork University Hospital (CUH). Pictured left to right: Bernard Murphy, Principal Biomedical Engineer, CUH, Ger Flynn, Head of Biomedical Engineering Department, Billy Kelleher T.D., Minister for Labour Affairs and Tony McNamara, General Manager, CUH Group.