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Department of Clinical Science and Engineering  

Salisbury District Hospital

Tel 01722336262 ext 4065
Dir 01722 429065
Fax 01722 425263

The Department of Clinical Science and Engineering (CSE) exists to provide the physical science and engineering input into healthcare in Salisbury Healthcare NHS Trust. Due to the presence of a large number of specialist services on the Odstock site such as the Duke of Cornwall Spinal Injuries Centre and the Odstock Centre for Burns,Plastics and Maxillo Facial Surgery, the work of the Department has concentrated more on the engineering aspects of patient care, in particular Rehabilitation and Biomedical Engineering. The aim of which is to use engineering techniques combined with clinical and life sciences to restore the individual to their optimal level of well being and function.


In order to provide these services the Department consists of:

  • 11 Clinical Scientists
  • 1 P/T Medical Consultant (Neurophysiology)
  • 12 Technicians
  • 1 nurse
  • 5 therapists
  • 1 Senior Manager
  • 6 secretaries
  • 7 trainees
  • 2 students

Total staff: 46 people - 40.18 WTE

In addition there are 4 bank staff, A&C and HCSSW and 8 university staff on honorary contracts.

The Department has a strong clinical ethos and most sections of the Department run a number of clinics and have considerable direct patient contact. Although the majority of staff are employed to provide the clinical service, the Department is also part of the Academic Bioengineering Research Group (ABERG) of Bournemouth University and 6 of the Clinical Scientists hold academic posts (1 Professor, who is also Head of Department, and 5 Senior Lecturers).

These staff teach on a number of courses at Bournemouth University and there are a number of PhD/MSc and under graduate students in the Department as well as more experienced research staff employed on grants. Over the last 15 years the Department has attracted over £3,000,000 in external funding and has a proven research tract record with many publications in scientific journals and presentations at international meetings.

Departmental Structure

The Department consists of a number of sections; National Clinical FES Centre, Medical Physics, Medical Engineering, Pressure Sore Prevention, Wheelchair Service, Orthotics and Neurophysiology.

As far astraining is concerned we are an IPEM (Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine) training centre as part of the South West Training Consortiumwhich in addition to the service consortium includes Bristol, Bath, Exeter, Cornwall, Gloucester and Poole. This is primarily to train Grade A Medical Physicists and Clinical Engineers and has recently been expanded to include technical staff. We have also recently been involved in developing training for SpR's in Rehabilitation both for the UK and for Europe.

The Department runs an ISO 9000 quality system for the clinical and engineering work. As a result we are able to CE mark Class 1 and Class IIa electronic and mechanical devices which we sell to other hospitals both in the UK and abroad. Patents have been taken out on a number of these products.

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