Over the coming months, we’re getting to know the Atlas family, who are spread across the Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre region.
We recently caught up with one of Atlas’ newest members, Phil Scarf, a Medical Engineer based at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
It’s been a busy few years for Phil, originally from Scunthorpe – now proud Blackpool resident, who graduated from the University of Hull in July 2016, with a MEng (Masters of Engineering) after four years’ hard studying, with the occasional party!
Phil, who always planned to be a medical engineer, decided to take a role at Blackpool Victoria Hospital after visiting as part of his job application journey. Phil takes up the story: “I always knew what I wanted to do; it was just a case of finding the best place to begin my career.”
After looking at several Hospitals throughout the county and having a couple of interviews, I decided that Blackpool Victoria Hospital was the place for me. The facilities here at Blackpool are unparalleled – they’re streets ahead of the other Hospitals I looked at.”
Phil continues: “It isn’t all about the facilities here, I’m surrounded by a great team and I am really pleased to be working in a specialist engineering role within Atlas.”
One day is never the same for Phil, who diagnoses and repairs around 70 essential pieces of medical kit each week, ranging from blood pressure monitors, defibrillators to infusion pumps.
The Medical Equipment team undertake the servicing, repair, commission and decommission of faulty devices and replace device accessories to Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (the Trust). The team advises the Trust on the suitability of devices, which new devices to procure and manages maintenance contracts for all devices.
To help with his development, one day each week Phil is the duty engineer, which involves dealing with any new jobs that come in that day. This ranges from: testing and asseting new equipment; testing loan equipment; or any general repair work that is reported.
It is a busy, challenging, but rewarding role. As Phil explains: “It can get quite pressured at times, with many departments demanding to know where their equipment is and emergency jobs coming in. But I take it all in my stride, as we all understand the pressure each other are under.”
Phil adds: “One of the benefits of my role is being able to get out and about in the community to visit different sites and meet staff.
This helps me build relationships with them, as well as finding out about any equipment issues they encounter – as well as learning about how our processes work and where they can be improved.”
As part of his development, Phil is constantly upskilling to get to grips with the latest medical engineering technologies with Atlas and over the next few years of his career, is planning to be registered as part of the of Clinical Technologists, formerly the Voluntary Register of Clinical Technologists. A body formed in 2000 with the aim of protecting the public by advocating statutory, professional regulation for Clinical Technologists.
We’ll be meeting more members of the Atlas family over the coming months.
Find out more about our Medical Engineering department and the services we offer, here