When I started in 2003, there were very few people doing this kind of thing, especially in the UK. I was keen to carve out a niche in a fascinating area of engineering whilst also pursuing a PhD. A job in the unit I still work in came up and I already had a foot in the door with my previous position, so I lept at the chance. It was a great move. It’s a rewarding field to work in since I get to liaise with interesting people from surgeons, prosthetists and other medical professionals on the front-line of healthcare delivery, through to fellow engineers in manufacture, researchers in other universities and patients who receive treatments. It also combines elements of creative problem solving, design, fundamental research, project management and hard core engineering. I get direct the whole process and frequently see the end result in use.
It’s now becoming more widely know in the public domain, which can only be a good thing. It’s up to generations like yours to come up with new ideas and solutions to surgical problems and use engineering to overcome them. The more you know about it now, the better.