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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’ 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 that you can join for free
  • Our MDET journal
  • Regular meetings (virtual and face to face).

We also hold a 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.

Upcoming Events

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Philips National Biomedical & Engineering Conference (virtual)

Philips are delighted to be bringing back The National Biomedical & Engineering conference, returning for its 22nd year. The conference will be a 2-day virtual webinar series. Day 1: An insight into modern day cybersecurity threats; Tuesday 26th October  10.00 am - 12.00pm Day 2: An insight into patient deterioration, physiology and service support; Wednesday 27th October 10.00am – …

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NAMDET Annual Conference (Virtual) Nov 11th 2021

NAMDET are pleased to announce that we are partnering with Olympus Medical and their 'virtual hub' to host our annual conference for 2021. The theme is 'Training in a Virtual World' and we have a range of speakers form MHRA. NHSE&I and NAMDET Members too. Download the flyer to register to attend NAMDET-Flyer

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Overview of Medical Devices Regulation and the Challenges Ahead

The aim of the event is designed to provide SMEs an understanding of the Medical Device Regulation. Alison Bray, Lead Clinical Scientist, Medical Device Development Service, Northern Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering from Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, will provide: • An understanding of the Medical Device Regulation • Developing medical devices for …

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