Clinical Measurement

The clinical measurement section is a team of scientific and technical staff such as HCPC registered clinical scientists, clinical technologists and science assistants, who help to deliver a number of key clinical services as well as engage in various innovation, research and development (R&D) and training activities.

The Team:

Dr Sarah Whitbourn, Head of Clinical Measurement.

  • Dr Sarah Whitbourn – Consultant clinical scientist and head of clinical measurement and medical photography
  • Alistair Levett-Renton – Clinical scientist
  • Andrew Simpson – Pre-registration clinical scientist
  • Tony Alton – Clinical technologist
  • Darren Ruddy – Senior healthcare science assistant
  • Chelsey Harrison – Healthcare science assistant

Contact information: stees.clinicalmeasurement@nhs.net

What we do

The primary activity of the clinical measurement section is in providing scientific support for the delivery of key physiological services throughout the trust. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Spinal cord monitoring – Using specialised equipment, we are able to monitor the signals passing through the spinal cord and let the surgical team know of any issues early, so that they can take corrective action.
  • Intra-cranial pressure monitoring – Monitoring the pressure inside the skull.
  • Home oximetry measurement – We provide overnight oximetry to patients at home and in hospital, to help diagnose sleep disordered breathing.
  • Medical device safety – We perform safety testing of equipment that is used in areas such as: Urodynamics and Phototherapy.

Tony Alton, Clinical Technologist.

 Development and prototyping

Spanning all of the clinical measurement section’s roles with physiological measurement, research and innovation is the production of prototypes. We have electronic development, a mechanical workshop, and software development capabilities to allow us to design, build and test an array of different devices for use clinically, in research projects and to demonstrate brand new innovative ideas to commercial partners, universities and patient and public groups.

Innovation & Research

Andrew Simpson, Pre-Registration Clinical Scientist.

NHS staff are continuously having new bright ideas that could lead to improvements in the way we care for patients. Putting these ideas into practice by developing new systems, processes, ways of working, technologies or devices requires the NHS to work with many other groups such as patients and members of the public, universities, charities, private businesses, local authorities and many more.

The clinical measurement section is involved in harvesting these ideas from staff and helping to make them a reality. We are involved in the development and testing of devices, improvements in the way services are delivered, and continuous quality improvement processes.

Alistair Levett-Renton, Clinical Scientist.

Key to improving the care we deliver is finding evidence that new techniques and technologies are better than those that we currently use. The scientists in the clinical measurement section can identify opportunities to study such new techniques and technologies to gather this evidence. This can involve working with patients and members of the public to make sure that research activities are carried out safely and with the best interests of our patients.