IPEM Vice President Professor Dan Clark awarded OBE for services to Clinical Engineering

This incredible recognition comes at a time during which Dan not only led NUH's response to the Covid-19 equipping need locally, but also led nationally, on behalf of IPEM, his professional body, working with the Cabinet Office, the RAF, NHS E&I and the DHSC to established a national technical due diligence team evaluating non-standard ventilators and infusion devices brought in rapidly to support the NHS Covid-19 patient surge. 

IPEM, alongside Nottingham University Hospitals, (NUH), are exceptionally pleased for Dan, and very proud that he is a colleague. 

A 35 year-long NHS career has seen Dan working in healthcare technology in Newcastle, Leicester and for the last 20 years here in Nottingham where he leads the Clinical Engineering team.   Having developed a strong national and international reputation in healthcare technology management and innovation, he’s taken senior roles in the field, including being the current Vice President International of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM), spending 10 years supporting the NICE Medical Technology Programme and being a member of the Founders’ Council of the Global Clinical Engineering Alliance.   

Dan holds an honorary Chair at the University of Nottingham where he brings his NHS experience to help support the development of technologies of the future.  Dan’s dedication to providing high quality care to patients has been evident throughout his career but never more so than during the exceptional times of the recent pandemic.   

His team at NUH responded magnificently to the unprecedented demand for medical equipment to support the surge in patients during the first Covid-19 wave and he also led nationally to ensure that the thousands of items of medical equipment brought in from all over the world were assessed for their suitability before being deployed into the NHS. 

Of his award, Dan said: 

“I am truly shocked and humbled to receive this award. It’s been a difficult year, for sure, but also one where I’ve continuously been inspired by the team around me.  Their response to the challenges has been simply incredible and it is their skill, their effort and their courage that is really being recognised in this award.  I’ve always been passionate about the benefits that technology brings to patient care and proud to play a small part in the team improving healthcare through innovation.  This year, more than ever before, I’ve seen the value of engineers, scientists and technologists to ensure our clinical colleagues can deliver the care patients need. I’ve never been prouder of the work we all do.” 

Professor Dan Clark, OBE, holds the below roles:  

Vice President International: Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine, www.ipem.ac.uk 

Head of Clinical Engineering: Medical Physics & Clinical Engineering, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, www.nuh.nhs.uk

Professor of Clinical Engineering: Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham, www.nottingham.ac.uk 

Director: Centre for Healthcare Equipment And Technology Adoption (CHEATA) www.cheata.co.uk

Co-director: Centre for Healthcare Technologies (CHT), www.healthcaretechnologies.ac.uk 

Founders’ Council member: Global Clinical Engineering Alliance, www.globalcea.org 

Treasurer: HTA Division of the  International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE),  http://2016.ifmbe.org/ 

Editor: Global Clinical Engineering Journal, www.globalce.org

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Posted: Jan 4, 2021,
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