Medical Device Education and Training for Healthcare Professionals

The National Association of Medical Device Educators and Trainers was established in 2011 in response to the requests of professionals working in this specialty, who had identified the need for a nationally recognised organisation, operating as a centre of expertise and excellence.

What we do

Our members include NHS staff, clinical educators, technicians, nurses, engineers, lecturers, scientists, company representatives, academia partners and regulators.

We are involved in every aspect of medical device training and help design, develop and deliver thousands of teaching sessions every year ranging from; face to face, on line-learning, lectures and seminars.

Our roles vary and can include teaching on basic temperature measuring devices, suction units, infusion devices, oxygen therapy, beds, cardiac monitors through to life saving ventilators and anaesthetic machines.

Our members are also busy helping to plan and lead many local and national projects including;

  • The MDSO (Medical Device Safety Officer) network in the UK
  • Member of the NHS National Patient Safety Response and Advisory Panel (NatRAP) that help review and develop national patient safety alerts
  • The Editorial Board for the MDSO network that help plan and deliver monthly webex and update meetings about medical device safety and training

Our current projects include work on DERS (Dose Error Reduction Systems) for infusion devices and Medical Gas safety.

NAMDET also leads the development of the Medical Devices training modules on the NHS national E Learning for Health (eLfH) training website, that currently has over 1 million subscribers in the UK.

What we have to offer

Membership is free and all we ask is that you get involved, support each other, share your experiences and help promote medical device education and training.

Please take time to check ‘Our Team’ link on the home page and make contact with your regional chair and secretary.

If you don’t have an established regional group yet, then ‘contact us‘ via the website and we can help put you in touch with colleagues and set up a new regional group for you.

  • We have a number of regional groups you can join for free
  • We hold regular meetings (virtual and face to face)
  • A free copy of our ‘MDET’ journal
  • NAMDET national conference every November where we meet up with our colleagues and share ‘what’s new’ and link in with regulators and our industry partners.

NAMDET History

In 2006, The Department of Health (DoH) were all too aware of the exponential growth of technologies in health, and to this end formed Training for Innovation (TFI) with a view to help close the gap between medical device technology and the end-user, whether it is a nurse, healthcare professional, patient or carer.

“For new medical technologies, we will simplify the pathway by which they pass from development into wider use, and develop ways to benchmark and monitor uptake and training needs to enable staff to respond more effectively and flexibly to this dynamic environment…”

Professor the Lord Darzi, Training for Innovation founding chairman

In 2011, TFI handed over the management to a new, not-for-profit association and the National Association of Medical Device Educators and Trainers was formed (NAMDET). The aim was to take up the challenge and maintain the momentum that had already started. A steering group was established in 2011 and this was quickly followed in 2012 by a new management group whose focus was to set up the new association and build a business model that would ensure NAMDET was officially registered in the UK.

NAMDET’s mission statement clearly sets outs its aims and aspirations and, to ensure transparency surrounding its business transactions and relationships with manufacturers.

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Upcoming Events

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North East Regional Meeting

Northumbria Trust - Wansbeck Hospital- Education Centre Rooms 4/5

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HSJ Patient Safety Congress

The 15th annual HSJ Patient Safety Congress will bring together 1000+ attendees (at Manchester Central) with the shared goal of advancing the national agenda for patient safety across health and social care. Join us in 2022 to influence national and international healthcare leaders, demonstrate thought leadership and showcase your solutions to decision-makers across the NHS. …

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Manchester Central Conference Centre, Windmill St, Manchester
Manchester, M23GX
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NAMDET Midlands Regional Meeting

Save the Date; NAMDET Midlands regional meeting for September 2022 has been reserved, please contact the meeting organiser for your email invite and meeting details;  

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Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) Virtual Conference 2022

Colleagues at the HSIB (Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch) would like to invite you to the Healthcare Safety Investigations Conference this September. This is a virtual event that will take place online. The exciting agenda includes: a focus on our maternity, national and investigation education programmes sharing our learning so you can help make patient care safer …

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Reducing Infection Risk in IV Therapy A Human Factors Approach (Free for NHS)

3M are delighted to support the upcoming healthcare webinar on reducing infection risk in IV therapy – A human factor approach. During this live webinar we will be joined by esteemed faculty, Mr Perbinder Grewal, General & Vascular Surgeon, Human Factors & Patent Safety Trainer and Mr Andrew Barton, Chair, NIVAS. See event details for …

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NAMDET Wales Regional Meeting (TEAMS)

NAMDET Wales is pleased to announce the next virtual, regional meeting is booked for Tuesday November 1st 2022. Our secretary Natalie has the agenda and TEAMs invite so please contact her for updates and any logging in details. Check the NAMDET Wales regional page for details and contact numbers

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NAMDET National Conference 2022, York Racecourse, Thursday 17th November

This year's conference theme is Learning to Connect, focusing on how NAMDET is best placed to help drive forward medical device training, assessment and competencies regarding connectivity within healthcare. Speakers from the NHS, regulatory bodies, industry, and medical equipment companies will share their insights and how learning to connect with medical devices takes centre stage. …

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£25 – £85
Yo231EX, York Racecourse Conference Centre
York, York YO231EX United Kingdom
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North East Regional Meeting

Northumbria Trust - Cramlington NSECH- Health & Wellbeing HUB Room 1 - meet at the department main door on the corridor (swipe card access)

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