An Army-trained engineer who is CEO of biomedical equipment engineering services specialist, Avensys, believes many NHS EBME departments are under-resourced and undervalued. Consequently many may be over-reliant on OEMs for equipment maintenance.
Rob Strange, an Army-trained engineer who founded, and is CEO of, biomedical equipment engineering services specialist, Avensys (now part of VAMED International), believes many ‘in-house’ NHS Electrical and Biomedical Engineering (EBME) departments are under-resourced and undervalued. Consequently, he says, many NHS Trusts may not be getting the optimal ‘unbiased’ equipment purchasing advice, and could be unnecessarily spending hundreds of thousands of pounds annually on maintenance and servicing contracts from suppliers. With the right training, and greater recognition of such EBME professionals’ skills, such ‘inhouse’ personnel could, he argues, be carrying out such work themselves, and investing the savings into key services. HEJ editor, Jonathan Baillie, spoke to the former REME Artificer Sergeant Major to find out more.
Established in 2007 by Rob Strange, Avensys supplies, maintains, and supports a wide range of medical and dental equipment throughout the UK, and has extensive experience with biomedical equipment, gained through serving the MoD, the NHS, private hospitals, and dental practices. The company says its ‘single, all-encompassing’ maintenance, repair, and asset management solution, ‘reduces both the cost and the need for multiple contractors for our customers’
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