NAMDET is already a key member of many stakeholder groups and committees and this section of the website has been reserved for new reports, early warnings about research and reviews of documents (both local and national) for all members. If you would like to contribute, or have any new items for this section please contact our website manager.


Computer and Human Interfaces with Medical Devices (CHIMED): Checkout their website at


  • ECLIPSE Project; Funded by the NIHR (National Institute for Healthcare Research), the ECLIPSE (Exploring the Current Landscape of Intravenous Infusion Practices and Safety Errors) If you have any further questions, please email Jo Iacovides ( NAMDET’s John Byrne also sits as an Advisory Board member of the project
  • Infusion pump designed for safety (NPSA booklet): Launched by NPSA to help designers and manufacturers focus on design, development and user interaction/errors with infusion pumps.


ECLIPSE (Exploring the Current Landscape of Intravenous Infusion Practices & Errors) is a research project funded by NIHR (2014-2017) studying medication practices with infusion devices, to document the variety of existing practices and deliver recommendations for best practice in different situations.

There are various studies of the intravenous administration of drugs in hospitals; these suggest that errors often occur in the preparation and administration of these drugs. Depending on the methods used and what is counted as an “error”, published error rates vary from 18% of doses to 173% of doses (error rates of more than 100% are sometimes quoted where studies count more than one error per dose). Many of these errors are very minor and unlikely to affect the patient. However, others can lead to patient harm.

Within the USA, “smart” infusion pumps are used in most hospitals with the aim of preventing such errors. These pumps need more information from hospital staff (such as details of the medication and its concentration, the patient’s weight, etc.); they then alert the user to unusual infusion rates based on those values. Some US research suggests that smart pumps can prevent a significant proportion of errors; other research suggests they have little effect. Smart pump use is much less common in England – only a handful of hospitals use them. There are no UK studies of their likely effects on medication errors, and practices in relation to prescribing and administering intravenous medication are different to those in the USA. There is therefore little information available to guide UK hospital staff in deciding how best to prevent errors involving the administration of intravenous medication, and whether or not the costs of smart pumps would be justified by any impact on error reduction.

Our study aims to fill these gaps in knowledge. We will explore how often errors involving administration of intravenous medication occur in UK hospitals, the reasons for these errors, and how they may be linked to, or prevented by, the infusion pumps used. We will compare our results with a similar study of the types and frequency of intravenous medication administration errors ongoing in the US, and explore reasons for any differences identified.


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  • NAMDET are also a signed up stakeholder for contributing to documents and reports generated by NICE. Please checkout the NICE website ( to see how you can contribute towards the development of new guidelines and feed this back through your regional NAMDET meetings.


  • The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (visit their website) protect and improve the health of millions of people every day through the effective regulation of medicines and medical devices, underpinned by science and research.


MDDL - Medical Device Driving License


  • The Medical Device Driving Licence (weblink; MDDL) is provided by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to help Medical Device users to assess and record aspects of safe device usage. Succesful completion of assessments does not mean that you are automatically safe to use a device or group of devices. It remains your responsibility to ensure that you have had the appropriate training
  • We have developed a number of modules that provide training to support the driving licence assessments. These modules are available to use for free on the MHRA website and cover topics related to our work and where we know there are reported incidents. E-learning modules include;
  • Devices In Practice
  • Basic Observations
  • Defibrillators
  • Electrosurgery
  • Anaesthetic Machines
  • The Operating Table


NHS Improvement (Patient Safety)

This is the new website for Medical Device Safety Officers (MDSO) in the UK. Th team from NHS Improvement are on line with monthly webinars, feedback sessions and up to date presentations of interest to all those involved in medical device safety, training and management. Alerts and patient safety initiatives can be accessed from here.


NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA)

The NHSLA are a not-for-profit part of the NHS.  They manage negligence and other claims against the NHS in England on behalf of member organisations.  

  • They help to resolve disputes fairly
  • They share learning about risks and standards in the NHS  
  • They help to improve safety for patients and staff
They are also responsible for advising the NHS on human rights case law and handling equal pay claims.
NAMDET themed their first ever seminar on the top 10 medical devices that caused the most clinical negligence claims.  These were:
Acute Trust Community Health Services
Diathermy Equipment Cryosurgical Unit
Infant Incubator Hoist
Infusion Pump Syringe Pump
Neo Nate Incubator Diathermy Equipment
Radiant Heater Defibrillator
Surgical Laser Aaesthetic UnitT (Dental)
Syringe Pump Infusion Pump
Endoscope Suction Unit
Hoist Pressure Ripple Mattress
Harmonic Scalpel Ear Syringe

NHS England

NHS England is increasing transparency in the NHS and improving services for patients.  They work with NHS staff, patients, stakeholders and the public to improve the health outcomes for people in England.

NPSA Alert

In January 2014 the new National Patient Safety Alerting System (NPSAS) was launched to strengthen the rapid dissemination of urgent patient safety alerts to healthcare providers via the Central Alerting System (CAS). This three-stage alerting system also provides useful educational and implementation resources to support providers to put appropriate measures in place to prevent harm and encourage and share best practice in patient safety.

The system builds on the strengths of the previous National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) patient safety alerts and rapid response reports and is based on systems used in other high risk industries.

The three stages of alert

NHS England Statistics

This link allows an individual to check statistics and and changes for specific areas of health care that would directly affect them.

This Link is an infographic that shows, in simple terms, an overview of the current state of the NHS that is continuously updated

direct link to the NHS Jobs website

If you require a medical devices trainer/coordinator job, the only place to look is the medical devices trainer website.  If you need to advertise, then please contact

Other Useful links

Jan 11, 2018

NAMDET Wales meeting 22 Feb

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Jan 10, 2018

NAMDET Ireland regional group

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Dec 28, 2017

Job descriptions and personal specs

NAMDET has been asked to collate as many job descriptions and personal specifications that we... [read more]

Dec 28, 2017

New secure protocols for our Namdet website

The NAMDET website has been upgraded to a new secure transfer protocol and you may... [read more]

Dec 20, 2017

Developing user Guides for Medical Devices

Medical devices can be complex and may require users to understand specific information about storage,... [read more]

Dec 19, 2017

Medical Device Trainer Job: West Wales

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Medical Device Trainer in Hywel Dda Health Board... [read more]