Althea is delighted to be exhibiting at the Clinical Engineering Conference 2022

Althea is delighted to announce that we’ll be exhibiting at the Clinical Engineering Conference 2022, taking place 15 September 2022 in Coventry.

Our team of experts will be available on the stand 23 throughout the day to discuss our specialist service offerings, including the launch of the BCS Clinical Equipment User Manual Library which provide clinical staff with an easy-to-use interface for accessing medical devices manuals and user instructions.

Althea is proud to operate as a trusted technological partner for the provision of managed services and multivendor maintenance of the entire medical equipment portfolio to public and private healthcare organisations.

Our skilled on-site teams perform advanced technical solutions independent of brands, technologies and equipment classes, and our services cover all hospital areas – from radiology to radiotherapy, from cardiology to biomed.

We specialise in partnering with and establishing on-site clinical engineering teams, including permanent biomedical and technical staff. We also provide certified training courses to in-house clinical engineers to allow them to provide first-line support of biomedical equipment, ultrasounds, anaesthesia, and ventilation machines.

Hosted by the NHS National Performance Advisory Group (NPAG), the annual one-day conference will bring together delegates in senior leadership roles within Clinical Engineering, providing ample opportunities to network and learn from others’ best practice.

Come visit our stand 23 to find out how we can help you realise cost efficiencies, maximise value, and ultimately improve patient care through our range of flexible, tailor-made solutions.

The Clinical Engineering Conference 2022 takes place on the 15th September 2022 at DoubleTree by Hilton Coventry.

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Althea UK & Ireland and RFiD Discovery co-exhibiting at EBME Expo 2022

Althea UK & Ireland and RFiD Discovery working in partnership to help hospitals deliver outstanding patient care


Althea UK & Ireland and RFiD Discovery are delighted to be co-exhibiting at EBME Expo 2022 to showcase how their unique partnership is helping hospitals deliver outstanding patient care.

RFiD Discovery, the UK’s leading location tracking specialist for healthcare, and Althea, the leading provider of integrated healthcare technology management, partnered a year ago to provide pioneering location tracking solutions to UK hospitals.

Since then, the companies have implemented location tracking solutions for 20,000 devices to improve compliance of scheduled maintenance and reduce the impact of non-serviced assets. The service also aims to help minimise over-stocking of equipment, reduce wasting clinical time looking for equipment and, above all, improve patient safety.
In the next few months, Althea will implement this service for 30,000 more devices, helping hospitals improve compliance and ensure equipment is maintained as scheduled.

Jason Long, Business Development Director from Althea, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer RFiD Discovery’s pioneering location tracking as a solution or as an added service to our existing and new clients. There are so many benefits to healthcare providers such as increasing efficiency, improving device utilisation, cutting costs by reducing the need to purchase new devices and reaching higher patient safety and compliance standards by ensuring all tagged medical devices are serviced and compliant to MHRA standards. Come and talk to us at EMBE Expo to find out more.”

Arron Duddin, Smart Solutions Director at RFiD Discovery, added: “It’s been great working in partnership with the fantastic team at Althea during the past 12 months. We look forward to working on new projects together in the coming year and beyond and to supporting even more hospitals in their efforts to deliver outstanding patient care.”


Visit Althea and RFiD Discovery at Stand D07 at the EBME Expo on 28-29 June 2022 at the Coventry Building Society Arena

Mark Graves and David Rolfe at EBME Expo 2022 Althea UKI team at EBME Expo 2022 Althea-RFiD Discovery stand at EBME Expo 2022

In the pictures from left to right: Mark Graves, Althea UKI Operations Director, with David Rolfe, Althea UKI Managing Director; Althea UKI’s team, and Althea and RFiD Discovery booth


Althea appoints new UK & Ireland Operations Director

Althea UK & Ireland – the leading MES and medical equipment service provider – is pleased to announce that Mark Graves has been appointed as its new Operations Director.


Mark will start on Monday 27th June, joining three other UK Directors making up Althea’s UK board. As Operations Director, Mark will oversee the delivery of Althea’s services across Diagnostic Imaging, Endoscopy, Biomedical, Managed Service and Consumables businesses. Leading the UK operations team of over 250 employees, Mark will play a key role in leveraging the unique breadth of Althea’s business as a vendor independent provider.

Originally an engineer, Mark brings over 25 years’ experience working in Life Sciences, including in robotics and mass spectrometry across Europe. He has previously held positions at GE Healthcare, Olympus Medical, Johnson & Johnson and Getinge.

In his role as Service Director of Getinge UKI, Mark oversaw the successful completion of a ‘Service Excellence’ project to re-engage the company’s field service teams and redefine processes, resulting in a 20% reduction in employee attrition with a significant improvement in customer satisfaction across a range of healthcare businesses. At Olympus, he was responsible for the successful implementation of Managed Service deals within King’s College Hospital’s operating theatres and endoscopy units across the UK.

Commenting on the appointment, David Rolfe, CEO of Althea UK & Ireland, said: “I am delighted that Mark will be joining us as Operations Director, he is a great fit for the business both in terms of his experience and his culture, leadership and people centred approach. Althea is a fast-growing company, and Mark’s extensive blue-chip experience and strong knowledge of the industry will be instrumental as we deliver our ambitious plans to grow and add ever more value to our customers. He will be a great addition to our leadership team, helping to build high-level relationships with all of our key customers and ensuring we continue to deliver services of the highest quality.”

Mark added: “I am really pleased to be joining the Althea team as such a pivotal point in the company’s growth. Althea is a company I have known for many years and the value proposition of a vendor independent offering is something I strongly believe in – I look forward to capitalising on this by pulling together our teams in a quest for operational excellence.”

Althea is the largest vendor independent healthcare technology services business in the world. The company manages more than 1.4 million medical assets across 2,700 hospitals and clinics in 17 countries. In the UK, Althea partners with acute NHS Trusts, providing a range of medical equipment services, MES solutions, technology management and maintenance, covering all medical equipment, including imaging, endoscopy and biomedical equipment.


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Althea UK & Ireland exhibiting at EBME Expo 2022

Althea UK & Ireland will be part of the rich programme of EBME Expo 2022

EBME Expo banner with Althea logo and "Visit Althea at Booth D07"

Althea UK & Ireland is delighted to be exhibiting at the EBME Expo on the 28th and 29th of June at the Coventry Building Society Arena, Coventry.

Visit our booth D07 at the UK’s largest gathering of EBME Managers, Clinical Engineers, and Supporting Healthcare Professionals.

The event will feature two conferences with distinguished speakers in the ‘EBME’ and ‘Operating Theatre’ conference halls. There will be a range of exhibition spaces, with more than a hundred internationally companies showcasing their latest products and services.

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Althea UK takes part in innovative cross-border project to implement EN-compliant electronic invoices

Althea and EURINV19 logos

Althea UK and Ireland – an integrated healthcare technology management company has successfully completed a 19-month innovative project with ELCOM that will see EN-compliant eInvoicing technology being introduced to its customers.
The EURINV19 project is part of a major new cross-border initiative being coordinated by Universitat de València and with LMT Group as technical managers.
Funded by the European Commission, the project aims to update the electronic invoicing cloud platforms of 5 Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) providers to become fully compliant with the European eInvoicing standard (EN), and further to implement these solutions in public and private entities during the project’s ‘Action’ phase.
ELCOM’s innovative spend management platform ‘EVOLVE’ has been custom-designed for healthcare and aims to reduce system fragmentation and ease collaboration within organisations. With the innovative eInvoicing solution, public and private organisations can receive e-Invoices from anywhere in the world, all while maintaining and securing compliance with regional and industry standards and regulations worldwide.

As a result of the partnership with ELCOM, Althea is now fully compliant with EN-compliant eInvoicing capabilities. By successfully implementing technology created by ELCOM, the company is now able to receive EN-compliant invoices, translate invoices into different formats with ease, and access real-time reporting of invoices, whilst having the support of ELCOM to integrate the EN compliant eInvoicing service with their existing EVOLVE Purchase to Pay (P2P) / ERP system.

David Rolfe, Althea UK&I Chief Executive Officer, comments: “We are delighted to partner with ELCOM on the EURINV19 project and to be one of the first companies to implement new innovative invoicing solutions which are compliant to European standards.
“At Althea our company ethos has always been built on unlocking the power of technology so we are delighted to be benefiting from this project as it will allow us to provide better care for our customers and streamline our invoicing processes.”

Healthcare is going through a period of unprecedented change as organisations around the world face financial constraints which has led to a relentless focus on cost reduction and process redesign. ELCOM’s pioneering spend management software aims to revolutionise organisations’ by providing a single, complete and seamlessly integrated source to pay solution – helping to save both time and money.

The technology, which is powered by AI, has been approved following a series of mandatory tests as part of the EURINV19 project.

EURINV19 is a transnational consortium composed by 14 participants from 8 different Member States (Sweden, Slovakia, Ireland, Spain, UK, Italy, France and Netherlands). Althea UK & Ireland is participating in the project along with Universitat de València, LMT Group, Elcom, SATA, Trinity College, NetEDI, Generix Group France, Crediflow, Qvalia, Transalis, Easy Systems, Tatra Billing, and Carrefour France.
As a company with a global reach, ELCOM’s technology will help to make Althea available to hundreds of clients around the EU and associated countries.


ELCOM focuses on developing flexible technology to help customers simplify, optimise and energise their Supply Chain. ELCOM optimise organisations’ existing technology and seamlessly integrate their Supply Chain with a process so easy-to-use it guarantees higher supplier adoption. Helping businesses to gain full visibility and control of their payment process.

About the EURINV19 project

The EURINV19 project is concluding this July after 19 months of work that has included the analysis of the technical requirements, the design of the solutions and the performance of the mandatory CEF Conformance Testing and Consortium Interoperability Tests. Partners are now able to process electronic invoices compliant with the European eInvoicing standard (EN 16931) and, therefore, they are contributing to spread the cross-border use of eInvoicing solutions EN compliant around Europe.

Althea and RFiD Discovery partner UK hospitals with location tracking solutions for medical devices and other assets

Althea and RFiD Discovery partnership

RFiD Discovery, the UK’s leading location tracking specialist for healthcare, and Althea, the leading provider of integrated healthcare technology management, are joining forces to provide location tracking solutions to UK hospitals. The new partnership is due to be officially announced at the EBME Expo in Milton Keynes at the end of June where visitors can take part in free demonstrations with the chance to win a prize.

Under the agreement, Althea will be using the RFiD Discovery system, which is already tracking hundreds of thousands of assets in over 100 hospitals in the UK and beyond, to add value to their outsourced managed services and multivendor maintenance of medical equipment. In addition, Althea is becoming a reseller of the RFiD Discovery system.

By offering location tracking as a solution or as an added service to existing and new clients, Althea will enable healthcare providers to increase efficiency, improve device utilisation and cut costs by reducing the need to purchase new devices.
With its deep knowledge of healthcare processes, the company is ideally placed to advise hospital leaders about asset tracking solutions, in particular for medical devices such as infusion pumps, monitors, beds and endoscopes.

This partnership provides both companies with the opportunity to further strengthen their respective market leading positions. For RFiD Discovery it also constitutes an important milestone in its long-term strategy to build a strong global network of reseller partners and accelerate bringing an ever-growing portfolio of tracking solutions to the healthcare and other sectors.

As a first step Althea is already adopting the use of the passive RFiD Discovery tracking system for one of their clients, a large healthcare organisation in the UK, to improve their service provision and bring added value to clinical teams in several hospitals.

To do this, medical devices and other assets are fitted with an RFID tag which includes a unique ID number registered in a central database. The presence of tagged devices is detected by handheld or specially designed trolley readers, which send the location information to the database, where clinical and engineering staff can access it to locate devices quickly, saving valuable time and allowing them to focus on core tasks of patient care and device maintenance.

Arron Duddin, Global Sales and Business Development at RFiD Discovery, commented: “We are delighted to team up with Althea, who are an extremely well-respected leader in their field. Our goals of helping healthcare providers improve processes and ultimately create better patient outcomes are perfectly aligned, and we are excited about our first joint medical device tracking implementations which are already well underway.”

Jason Long, Business Development Director UK and Ireland at Althea, said: “With this agreement Althea are very pleased to be able to bring RFiD Discovery asset tagging and tracking technology to our wide range of customers. Althea will help customers reach higher patient safety and compliance standards by ensuring all tagged medical devices are serviced and compliant to MHRA standards. By providing RFID as a service Althea is helping customers overcome the initial capital outlay that can be a barrier to some organisations.”

Althea launches affordable Covid-19 rapid antigen tests

Roche test box

Althea UK and Ireland – the leading medical technology services provider– has announced that they are now offering high quality and cost-effective SARS-CoV-2 Rapid Antigen Tests.

The antigen test – supplied by Roche – can help detect SARS-CoV-2 infection in those suspected to carry the virus with results available in 15 minutes. The test can be used for both symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals.

Althea hopes that the new service, which is available for pharmacies, dentists, hospitals and clinics, as well as hospital support companies whose staff access clinical settings, will provide a valuable initial screening test for staff who might be exposed to COVID-19 or work in high-risk environments.

Healthcare workers remain a key high-risk group and regular testing was introduced for patient-facing staff at the end of last year to help protect primary care workers and curb the potential spread of COVID-19.

David Rolfe, UK&I Chief Executive Officer at Althea said: “As COVID-19 continues to spread, and while vaccinations are being rolled out, testing remains crucial to contain the spread of COVID-19. We are pleased to be able to offer the Roche rapid antigen tests to support those providing vital services across the country with a reliable, high-quality testing option at an affordable price. At a time where budgets are stretched and health services are under pressure, as a trusted partner to many hospitals in the UK, we want to do our part in supporting those working on the frontline.”

Althea has been a trusted partner for the acute healthcare sector for the last 20 years. The company manages and maintains medical technology in hospitals and is entirely vendor-independent, meaning they can combine the best technology from across all manufacturers. At a time when healthcare providers are facing unprecedented demand, the company aims to support hospitals with increased capacity and new technology delivered in the most cost effective and clinically effective way.

During COVID-19, Althea played a key role in setting up equipment at the London NHS Nightingale Hospital which was set up to administer emergency care to COVID-19 patients. Specialist engineers from Althea have unpacked, built, tested and commissioned over 2750 pieces of equipment to be used at the emergency hospital, and have helped advise the NHS procurement team in sourcing vital equipment

Today the company is providing rapid COVID-19 tests to help further support the national response to COVID-19.
The Roche SARS-CoV-2 Rapid Antigen Tests is now available to healthcare providers by Althea. Roche’s SARS-CoV-2 Rapid Antigen Test is a rapid chromatographic immunoassay and is performed using a nasopharyngeal swab. The test has a sensitivity of 95.5% and a specificity of 99.68% and helps to detect antibodies in individuals who have been exposed to the virus. Tests are for professional use and should be administered by healthcare or trained occupational health staff.


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Althea urge UK Trusts to contact them immediately if they have broken or disused ventilators

Althea is looking for all ventilators but primarily the following would be ideal with the current situation: ICU Ventilators, BIPAP Machines, Transport Ventilators, CPAP Machines and NIV Ventilators.

We have the capabilities to refurbish the much-needed lifesaving equipment and get it back into NHS circulation so it can be used operationally.

Government Ministers have been trying to boost the number of ventilators to increase the stock of just over 8,000 already available to the NHS. It is estimated as many as 20,000 extra ventilators could be required to treat infected patients as more people are hospitalised due to the COVID-19 coronavirus.

David Rolfe, UK&I Chief Executive Officer at Althea, said: “There is a country-wide worry that there may not be enough ventilators to sustain critical patients who need breathing assistance which is why we are appealing to Trusts in the country to contact us immediately if they have broken or disused equipment. We will review every response that we receive to see if we could make it work for the current situation.”

“Althea will arrange for it to be collected and our specialised team will start work to get the systems back into operation so they can save lives. By working together, we can ensure there are more ventilators in hospitals and more people will gain access to these equipment as they are treated for COVID-19.”

Althea’s refurbishment project will support the Government’s Ventilator Challenge UK consortium, which has been set up to scale up production of much-needed ventilators.

Any Trust with broken or disused equipment can call  +44 (0)118 900 8140 or email [email protected].

Althea delivers full Radiology department replacement at Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

In 2017, a 10-year partnership managed equipment service (MES) deal was signed between Althea and Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Musgrove Park Hospital. Two years in, Musgrove Park has seen a massive overhaul and change in its Radiology Service.

The department has had a total redesign to help improve its clinical services, making an improvement to staff workflow and patient experience. David Rolfe, CEO of Althea UK and Ireland, talks about how the partnership was benefiting patients and clinicians.

“Althea assigned a dedicated Service Manager to work with the Hospital team to provide the best possible customer experience,” explains David.

“Understanding on the ground requirements and working closely with clinical staff is key. Existing equipment is immediately covered by Althea’s Customer Care Centre (CCC), based at our Head Office in Theale, providing 24/7 specialist call handlers to manage any breakdowns that occur. Our specialist Technology team then came in to manage the equipment replacements.”

An equipment replacement plan was agreed with the Trust to manage which assets are replaced and when, allowing the department to keep running an efficient clinical service, with minimal disruption. A lot of the Musgrove Park equipment was nearing obsolescence or beyond recommended service life, which created concerns surrounding equipment performance and reliability.

Althea’s clinical-choice contract gives the overall decision in equipment selection to the clinical team, supported by vendor-independent information, analysis and advice from Althea’s Technologists. As one of the largest buyers of medical equipment in the UK & Ireland, Althea has longstanding relationships with all major and emerging manufacturers, ensuring the company is able to provide unbiased advice and consultancy. Its vendor-independence, scale and expertise allow hospitals to select best-of-breed technologies from a variety of manufacturers whilst maintaining the commercial and logistic benefits of having one supplier.

The first set of equipment to be replaced at the hospital was x-ray. This modality includes x-ray systems based in the main department, used with a large range of patients, from those within the hospital (inpatients), to outpatient appointments and GP walk-ins. The aging x-ray rooms were replaced with state-of-the-art Samsung GC85 x-ray systems. These machines are top of the range systems, with full automation and image stitching. The automation of the machines will improve patient through-put and also improve the manual handling demands on the Radiographers, which should have a positive effect on staff wellbeing.

Mobile x-ray systems were also replaced. These machines move around the hospital and go up to the wards to x-ray patients. Two Samsung GM85 systems were chosen by the Trust for their slim, ergonomic and lightweight nature. The GM85s, won the 2017 Design Award for its compact design and optimised workflow and allows easy access around tight spaces. Another mobile unit for the Special Baby Care Unit was also purchased. This was a Fuji Nano system. This machine is ideal for the Neonatal Unit, as it’s a smaller compact unit. It is small enough to move around the incubators within the Special Baby Care Unit.

Further equipment replacements also include, two mobile intensifier units. These machines were replaced with Philips Healthcare BV Pulsera’s. These machines are used in theatres, to give full diagnosis imaging when the surgeons are operating. One of the systems has extra capability, allowing the team to use the machine in a vascular setting. The high power of these units allows better visualisation for the surgeons, especially in spinal cases.

The Ultrasound Department has also seen a change. An extra ultrasound unit – Philips Affiniti 70 was added to the portfolio of equipment. This was to help with the increase in service demand for interventional procedures. A Fujifilm Sonosite X-Porte machine was also installed to enable more bedside procedures to be carried out, rather than patients having to be moved around the department. The General Imaging Department saw an installation of a GE Logiq E9 and the Maternity Department a Canon Aplio i600 system, which features superb microvascular imaging.

“The most exciting development and change is the re-design of the whole Imaging Department including the move of the DEXA department into an old un-used room,” said David.

“Althea’s design services are fully aligned with ISAS’s patient-focussed assessment and accreditation programme and aim to improve patient experience and provide a staff working environment conducive to maximising clinical time.”

The new DEXA machine – a GE Lunar iDXA bone densitometer – is an advanced system which offers high clarity, precision and image resolution on the density of bones. The move of this machine into a different room, made available a space to create an additional CT scanner suite.

It also enabled the Trust to redesign and add additional equipment to their portfolio including the installation of a new MRI Scanner and Injector. The new MRI scanner, which was charity-funded, was given the Royal seal of approval by Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex. The scanner, a Siemens 1.5T Magnetom Aera was officially opened by the Countess on 24 September 2019. The Trust and the charity worked tirelessly to raise the money for this system.

“Althea were able to work with the clinical teams to source the right equipment to suit them and their patients – it wasn’t a case of purchase the cheapest equipment, instead we ensured that we sourced the most appropriate equipment for the hospital and it’s patients,” said David. “The Siemens Aera fitted that category, and we were pleased to have procured this scanner for the charity, ensuring it was money well spent for the department”.

Both Althea and the Trust are grateful for the money raised and funded through a £1 million fundraising campaign led by the hospital’s official charity Love Musgrove. Having a third MRI scanner means clinicians at Musgrove Park can perform more of the most complex scans than ever before. This is particularly important as the hospital has seen an annual ten percent increase in patients who need an MRI. The scanner also helps to provide diagnosis for patients who may have breast cancer, neurological conditions, cardiac problems, tumours, spinal injuries, and musculoskeletal disorders.

But the replacements haven’t stopped there. In the coming months, the existing CT scanner will be updated. The scanner chosen is a GE Revolution EVO scanner, which replaces an old GE VCT. The new technology and software can give the department faster scan times, greater patient throughput and a happier clinical team.

David commented about the transformation at Musgrove Park: “We are proud to offer a vendor-neutral managed service which has been tailored to meet the hospital’s specific needs. This includes around-the-clock maintenance as well as long-term asset replacement. It is the most cost-effective way to ensure patients and clinicians have access to the latest diagnostic technology in first-class, patient-focussed facilities.Althea guarantees an informed, vendor-neutral, clinical choice of both equipment and clinical consumables.”

Adam Turner, Radiology’s Operational Manager at the Trust, explains that there has been a phased approach to the development of the department.

“Working with Althea and moving different teams around into new purpose-built facilities has allowed us to create a modern, bespoke, four-room Ultrasound Department, as well as an additional third MRI suite and six new Radiologist reporting bays. In addition to this, the new build has created both ‘in and outpatient’ waiting facilities and additional office space.”

“The installation of a second Siemens Aera MRI scanner was greatly required and will now remove a bottleneck in our waiting lists for MRI patients.”

But it’s not just new installations that Althea co-ordinate. Althea is responsible for the provision of high quality maintenance for all Radiology assets at the hospital, including the existing equipment from before the MES. Should any equipment faults occur, the Trust calls Althea’s Customer Care Centre regardless of the equipment manufacturer. The CCC provides a swift response and keeps the Trust updated with progress. This can be via the Althea team of expert engineers or selected partners minimising the disruption to clinical practice and maximising equipment uptime. Any issues are also highlighted to the Althea Service Manager for speedy resolution as required. Althea also offer an integrated consumables management service that delivers both cash-releasing savings and significant operational efficiencies for the Radiology, Procurement and Finance teams.

Adam concluded: “It has been an extremely exciting time for us at Taunton. With a larger demand on our imaging services, it is reassuring that our existing equipment has all been refreshed as it means we can continue to keep up with new Radiological techniques. None of this would have been possible without Althea and their managed service.”

Celebrating women in engineering

In honour of International Women’s Day, which took place on Sunday 8th March, we want to take the time to celebrate the contributions that women in engineering make at Althea – and highlight why it’s still important to promote engineering as a career path for all.

The number of women in engineering roles has nearly doubled in the last decade – from just over 25,000 to just over 50,000. New government data shows that there are now one million women in STEM roles in the UK – an increase of over 350,000 in the last ten years. While this is great, there is still more to be done, as overall the proportion of women in tech roles remains at 16%, the same figure it has sat at for the last ten years. The UK still lags far behind the rest of Europe in its efforts to employ female engineers.

Just over 10%

Women now account for just over 10% of engineering professionals in the UK. It’s been great to see how this figure has progressed over the years. But Britain still has the lowest percentage of female engineers in Europe – Latvia, Bulgaria and Cyprus lead with nearly 30%. For a country that prides itself on its diversity – and opportunity – this number is still shockingly low.

The benefits of a diverse workforce cannot be underestimated. Not only does it create a richer pool of talent, but it also allows companies to be more productive. Research shows that companies are 15% more likely to perform better if they are gender diverse. It’s easy to grasp at statistics, but the inherent value of diversity is self-evident in its contributions to creativity and innovative thinking, and its relations to progress. Simply put, engineering is dedicated to real-word problem solving – rooted in imaginative, forward-thinking concepts, simple or complex; the exchange of experience and ideas, and how this can be applied to enhance the world around us. How can this be achieved without inclusion and diversity of thought? Different people bring different ideas, but diversity – in whatever form – enriches its capabilities.

Inspiring people from a younger age

As a STEM ambassador, I often go into schools, colleges and other similar locations to help with school projects or provide advice on career days. One thing I have seen is that junior school children don’t have misconceptions regarding science and engineering. As children progress to high school age, they begin to formulate an image of the engineering profession from the outside world – from what they see on TV, in the media, from parents – which almost always ends up solidifying their perception of engineering as something that is ‘not for girls’.

It’s important to challenge stereotypes so that the window of opportunity remains open to everyone, regardless of their gender or age. To break down this image, it is important that they have access to positive role models and see more of women in engineering at work.

What are we doing at Althea?

Althea prides itself on breaking down technological barriers, and enhancing patient care, meaning we rely on a large, dynamic pool of talent. This includes the expertise and collaborative efforts of over 3,000 engineers, technicians, administrators, apprentices, and customer service specialists, all across the globe. We like to support our staff in their professional development, and alongside great training opportunities we also offer a great apprenticeship programme to help young people fire up their career – and explore those they may not have been familiar with before.

Here at Althea we want to shed light on our own amazing women in engineering. First stop is Carla Wood.

Before joining Althea, Carla served 15 years in the NHS starting at The Kent and Canterbury Hospital on placement where she studied her BEng in Electronics with Medical Electronics. She has had many roles within the NHS throughout the East of England including Medical Technical Officer, Senior Medical Electronics Engineer, Medical Devices Manager/Medical Devices Safety Lead alongside completing her MSc in Clinical Engineering. Carla joined Althea in 2014 as Clinical Equipment Manager before becoming MES Operations Manager in Peterborough. She is currently in phase one of submitting her CEng and hopefully will be the first Althea UK woman with CEng after her name!

Mehrnoosh Atashbiz completed work experience in 1998 whilst studying BSc in Biomedical Engineering back in Iran. She worked in Medical Equipment R&D Establishment as a Design Engineer before starting her career in the UK in 2004. Mehrnoosh worked as a Biomedical Engineer until 2006 when she was promoted to an EBME Workshop Supervisor. She studied MSc in Medical Electronics and Physics whilst working full time and completed the course in 2009. She is now a Service Manager for Althea.

Louise Spridgeon has completed two introductory level courses with us and is a mature student currently attending Peterborough College doing her Level Three Electronic and Electrical Engineering BTEC, whilst her son is now also attending college! Louise is enjoying working through the Althea training programme which I have developed for her.

Parisa and Samira Esfahani – Parisa is one of our amazing Power Systems Engineers while Samira joins us as one of our talented Biomedical Engineers (they’re sisters). Both have both completed several training courses, including more recently An Introduction to Anaesthesia and Ventilation.

Pegah Monem originally started at Althea as a Junior Biomedical Engineer from TBS, before being promoted to Senior Biomedical Engineer and has just been promoted to Lead Engineer at RNOH Stanmore. Well done Pegah!

Finally, Sue Simpson has a BEng (Hons) Electronic and Electrical Engineering, an MSc in Medical Physics and is a Registered Clinical Scientist. Sue started her career in the NHS in Radiotherapy Physics, moved to Clinical Engineering Management with a team of 20+ engineers and scientists for a 2000 bed NHS Trust before joining what is now Althea in 2006. Sue is currently UK Head of MES Operations for Althea and a member of the senior management team.

Happy International Women’s Day, to all our amazing staff – who bring an invaluable wealth of talent, skills and experience to Althea – and to you! #IWD2020 #EachforEqual