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20 years of excellence in Medical Physics

The Medical Engineering & Physics MSc and Postgraduate Diploma programme this year celebrates 20 years of success. The anniversary was observed at a special event ‘Education and Training in Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering – 20 years of excellence’ on Friday 27 September. The event saw graduates, teaching staff and colleagues celebrate the programme which has been described as ‘one of the leading courses of its type in the UK’.

The programme were established in 1993 according to the requirements of the Institute of Physics & Engineering in Medicine (IPEM)  to support the practical training in Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering. The Programme was one of the first in the UK to enrol student-trainees and one of the first to be accredited by the IPEM.

Over the past 20 years the education and training programmes in Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering at King’s has established itself as an international leader. By 1998 the programme was ranked best in the UK by EVETSIN, an independent study commissioned by the Department of Health.

The reach of the training programmes extends beyond the UK. In 1995, the programme team, led by Dr Salvik Tabakov pioneered e-learning materials through the EU Projects Consortia  EMERALD and EMIT . The resources now deliver medical physics training in over 65 countries around the world. In 2004 the project received the inaugural Leonardo da Vinci Award, an EU Award for Vocational Education.

The programme has produced 90 graduates to date.  Among these are Nicola Fry who won UK Young Healthcare Scientist of the Year in 2005 and Jonathan Noble who won the UK Mercia Award for Medicine in 2010.

In 2011, following an open tender,  the programme was selected and accredited to deliver one of the 3 NHS accredited MSc Programmes in Medical Physics and the only MSc programme in Clinical Engineering in England. Two new MSc programmes were created - MSc Clinical Sciences (Medical Physics) and MSc Clinical Sciences (Clinical Engineering).

Programme Leader, Dr Slavik Tabakov says:  'Contemporary medicine is impossible without medical technology – the professional subject of medical physicists and clinical biomedical engineers. The importance of these professions was the reason for their recent (2012) classification as separate professional units in the International Standard Classification of Occupations.  I am pleased to say our programmes have been at the forefront of training, not only in the UK but around the world.

'Starting from a small masters programme with 5 students in 1993, our education and training activities in Medical Physicas and Clinical Engineering are now considered world leading. We are grateful to all colleagues and students who have joined us over the past 20 years – years of dedicated, innovative and very successful team work.'