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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.

Our members include NHS staff, clinical educators, technicians, nurses, engineers, lecturers, scientists, MDSO (Medical Device Safety Officers), 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 a national library for training competencies, DERS (Dose Error Reduction Systems) for infusion devices and developing a national Medical Gas and Oxygen safety training course.

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.

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.

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.

UK survey on PPM of medical devices

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‘Catastrophic’ consequences after oxygen error

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MDSO: Bed Rails FAQ and new TOR

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Training Survey for new Study

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Upcoming Events

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HSSIB Board Meeting; Shefford, Bedfordshire

Our colleagues at the Health Services Safety Investigations Body (HSSIB) Board sets our strategic direction, ensures that performance is managed effectively and that we meet our legal duties. The HSSIB Board is committed to accessibility, openness and transparency. We hold our meetings at host organisations across England and encourage our healthcare sector colleagues and the …

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DERS and SMART pump Conference April 29th 2024

NAMDET are pleased to announce the second DERS and SMART pump conference has been booked for April 29th, 2024 at Birmingham Conference and Events Centre. Tickets available via the Eventbrite site (£56) per delegate. If you need to book using purchase order and invoice, please email john.byrne@namdet.org for details. Programme and speaker list

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BCEC Birmingham, Birmingham, B54EN United Kingdom
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NIVAS National Infusion and Vascular Access Society Conference

NIVAS is pleased to announce the 12th Annual Conference will be held as a face-to-face meeting in Manchester on Thursday 6th & Friday 7th June 2024. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Access All Areas – A new era for vascular access & IV therapy’. Each day, the program will include keynote presentations, poster sessions, and …

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Hilton Manchester, Deansgate, M34LQ
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HSSIB Board Meeting; Yoevil

Our colleagues at the Health Services Safety Investigations Body (HSSIB) Board sets our strategic direction, ensures that performance is managed effectively and that we meet our legal duties. The HSSIB Board is committed to accessibility, openness and transparency. We hold our meetings at host organisations across England and encourage our healthcare sector colleagues and the …

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EBME Expo

The EBME Expo has been operating for 15 years and has also presented itself as the UK’s largest gathering of clinical engineers, EBME managers and support staff. Although, since 2019 the exhibition has also welcomed large numbers of healthcare procurement officials, operating theatre managers and ODP’s which means that the event now caters for the …

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Coventry Building Society Arena, Coventry, CV66AQ United Kingdom
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