Millbrook tackles shortage of wheelchair engineer technicians

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A Milbrook Healthcare rehabilitation engineer says he is looking forward to making a difference to users’ lives once he has completed his apprenticeship.

Milbrook is sponsoring Andy Spencer to be a senior rehabilitation engineer technician as there is currently a national shortage, which directly affects its wheelchair services across the UK.  

Mr Spencer, who works at the company’s Kent and Medway Wheelchair Service is halfway through a BSc degree in healthcare science (clinical engineering), specialising in rehabilitation engineering at the University of the West of England. 

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He has already completed modules on scientific basis of engineering, anatomy and physiology, introduction to the biology of disease and principles in healthcare science and is currently studying scientific practice, professional aspects of healthcare science, advanced clinical engineering and applied clinical engineering.

 When he completes his apprenticeship, Andy will be a ‘fully-fledged’ rehabilitation engineer and will be placed on the register of clinical technologists through the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine.

He said: “Starting this apprenticeship and studying has been a challenge for me at times, juggling the assessments alongside family life, however it’s definitely been worth doing and I look forward to being placed on the Register of Clinical Technologists.

“What I’m learning on my apprenticeship is hugely beneficial to me and enables me to make a difference to our service users lives.”

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