Medical Devices: Competencies and training #physiotalk 15th Oct

The #physiotalk tweetchat on Monday 15th October will be at 8.30pm BST and is hosted by Ian Tyrrell @IanTyrrell5

A medical device is defined by the Medicines and Healthcare Products regulatory Authority (MHRA) in DB2006 (05) as an instrument, apparatus, appliance, material or other article, whether used alone or in combination, together with any software necessary for its proper application, which is intended by the manufacturer to be used for the purposes of:

  • diagnosis, prevention, monitoring, treatment or alleviation of disease;
  • diagnosis, monitoring, treatment, alleviation of, or compensation for, an injury or physical impairment;
  • investigation, replacement, or modification of the anatomy or of a physiological process;


We as physiotherapist use a number of medical devices on a daily basis. This chat is to explore what we consider to be medical devices, how we train to use them and what variability there is in different settings. Medical devices are used in most specialities so this chat will give us the chance to explore what others are doing, sharing good practice and discussing challenges we may face.

Pre-chat questions

  • What are the medical devices you use on a daily basis?
  • Did you have any exposure to medical devices as an undergraduate? Either at university or on clinical placement.
  • Why is it important to have training on medical devices?
  • How can we ensure competency in the use of medical devices?
  • How can we ensure people remain competent in the use of devices?
  • Do you currently offer any medical devices training?  If so in what format? How regularly


Missed the chat? Catch up with the transcript

Guest host

My name is Ian Tyrrell and I am and Advanced Physiotherapist at the University Hospital of North Midlands. I work predominately in A&E, but am also one of the key trainers for respiratory medical devices in our physiotherapy department and lead teaching on IPPB. I qualified in 2007 and have worked in a variety of different locations across the country. Currently studying a Msc in Advanced Clinical Practice. I have a keen interest in education and person development and am keen to explore what other trusts do in terms of medical device training to see if ours can be improved.

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