Justin McCarthy

Justin McCarthy has a BSc (Hons) degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Manchester University.

He has had 40 years NHS experience in the field of Clinical Engineering. In his early career he was involved in developing new medical devices and equipment. He worked as part of the multi-disciplinary team in Cardiff that developed and brought into clinical use the first commercially available intravenous Patient Controlled Analgesia (PCA) apparatus. This gained him a research MSc degree.

In later years, as Head of Clinical Engineering, he led the teams that provided the healthcare technology management and maintenance services to the Cardiff NHS Trust’s medical equipment, introducing a formal ISO 9000 quality management system in 1991. He advised the Trust on risk, procurement and healthcare technology regulatory issues. He helped establish the Clinical Engineering MSc course at Cardiff University and continues as an Honorary Senior Lecturer teaching on the undergraduate Medical Engineering course.

He has contributed to fourteen peer reviewed published papers, seven journal articles and five text books as well as over 80 conference proceedings and presentations.

He retired from the NHS in 2009 but continues to present at meetings, publish, and sit on professional working groups as well as to provide consultancy services to Trusts and small businesses. He acted as an expert for the NHS Confederation at a European Commission policy conference in 2010 and has recently been leading, on behalf of IPEM, their input to the European Council, the European Parliament and the MHRA regarding the new Medical Devices Regulations. He continues to be involved in formal Standards at UK and international level and is Chair of the IEC SC62A sub-committee, responsible for IEC 60601-1, the primary safety Standard for medical electrical equipment.

He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and of IPEM.

  • Francis Hegarty Author

    Chief Healthcare Technology Officer
    National children’s hospital project
    Dublin, Ireland

  • John Amoore Author

    Retired Consultant Clinical Engineer
    Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

  • Paul Blackett Author

    Medical Engineering Manager
    Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
    Preston, England, UK

  • Richard Scott Author

    Head of Clinical Engineering
    Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
    Sheffield, England, UK