About Engineering for Health

Surrey’s Engineering for Health programme aims to meet the challenges faced by the UK’s healthcare service due to an ageing population and the need for a more integrated approach to healthcare, and to capitalise on the many opportunities offered by new technology.

Building on its existing reputation in the fields of engineering, biosciences and computer science, Surrey has developed a multidisciplinary programme centred on a £10m new facility.

This has been part-funded by a £5 million grant from HEFCE (the Higher Education Funding Council of England) along with a £5 million investment from the University.

The key objective of our Engineering for Health programme is to educate students to enable them to drive the technology that addresses the future needs of industry and society.

The future of healthcare

Problems such as obesity, inactivity and smoking, and an ever-growing ageing population, are putting huge pressure on the NHS. To meet these challenges, the NHS Five Year Forward View, published in 2014, states that the health service must move towards a model that focuses on prevention, diagnosis and wellness rather than simply treating disease.

By 2030, healthcare delivery will be very different from today, with a more collaborative approach between GPs, hospital staff, social services and patients themselves, supported by new technology. Innovations such as remote monitoring will transform the way disease is diagnosed, treated and managed, while ‘big data’ will enable healthcare professionals to access increasing amounts of data about patients, their diseases and how they are managed, resulting in personalised models of care.

Surrey: working at the interface of engineering and healthcare

Our healthcare sector is increasingly being driven by technology. At the forefront of this field, the University of Surrey has pioneered research in areas such as biomedical engineering; medical imaging and medical physics enabling healthcare professionals to measure the progression and treatment of disease; computer-based simulation technology for training surgeons; and cell electro-analysis for the early diagnosis of cancer.

Hosting the 5G Innovation Centre (dedicated to the development of next generation communications) on campus, Surrey is also ideally placed to support innovative healthcare technologies based on the emerging ‘Internet of Things’, such as remote monitoring of patients via wearable technology.