The primary role of the Technical Services Section is to provide a comprehensive range of integrated service support to the St Luke’s Cancer Centre, Guildford and Satellite Centre, Redhill, mainly focussed on radiotherapy. The Technical Services Section is an integrated part of the multi-disciplinary radiotherapy team and Medical Physics department so inputs fully into operational aspects of the department including participation in departmental meetings, e.g. Radiotherapy Operation Group, Section Leaders thus ensuring decisions are based on the clinical requirements and strategy of the department. Technical Services has a proven track record and deep expertise in all areas of radiotherapy.

The section comprises of nine dedicated and highly specialist engineers covering two complimentary areas, electronics radiation engineering and computing. The section provides a wide range of practical solutions throughout the product life-cycle from new equipment requirements, integration and validation through to in-service support and obsolescence management within a mixed live support and project implementation environment, whilst ensuring all Medical Devices Regulations requirements and professional standards, are adhered to.

Radiation engineering services cover the complete lifecycle of a medical device and include site infrastructure design, equipment evaluation and specification, installation and project management, purchase, inventory management, quality assurance, maintenance and repair; external maintenance multiple vendor contract management; MHRA Central Alerting System administration and equipment disposal. Provides expertise on the installation of new radiotherapy equipment; liaise with professional design team (Architects, consultant engineers and structural engineers) contracted to the Trust; work with manufacturers on the installation of new equipment. Specifically all Radiotherapy equipment (LinAcs and Truebeams, CT Scanners, Orthovoltage, Acuity and Aria including Citrix)

Computing services: As medical devices integrate with medical networks, information technologies and clinical engineering responsibilities continue to converge and is an additional skill requirement of the electronics team. This covers network infrastructure, security and data integrity, back-up solutions, fault resolution, application specific system management and administration, business continuity and disaster recovery (limited). This covers the dedicated radiotherapy system ARIA™ (RadOncology).

Mechanical Workshop: Historically the section additionally provided a comprehensive Mechanical Workshop covering the design and production of non-standard devices, prototypes and quality assurance phantoms for a variety of clinical users, research and development projects both within the Trust and the University of Surrey. The service was suspended due to recruitment issues and re-provision of this service would be welcome.The right environment is vital to the success of any organisation. It plays an important role in making sure your people are happy and safe and your operations are productive and cost-effective. At ISS, our experienced teams will deliver solutions to bring your buildings to life to help your people and business achieve their objectives.