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John Colvin


Scottish Forum for Healthcare Science

John is a Consultant Clinical Scientist who is Head of Service at the West of Scotland Mobility and Rehabilitation Centre (WestMARC).  Born and raised in Northern Ireland, he moved to Wales where he gained an honours degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering in 1987.  He discovered his interest in bioengineering as an undergraduate trainee in Medical Physics in Salisbury where he helped develop their Functional Electrical Stimulation Service.  After graduating he moved to Dundee to work with a team at the University of Dundee developing and evaluating software for communication aids.  At the end of this project he established the NHS Electronic Assistive Technology Service in Tayside where he combined clinical engineering support for the Communication Aids Service, specialist controls for powered wheelchair users and the Environmental Controls Service.  John had a keen interest in helping people with multiple physical, intellectual and sensory impairments and during his time at Dundee he worked closely with the White Top Research Unit at the University of Dundee and with the charity PAMIS. 

In October 1996 he moved to Aberdeen to manage the Wheelchair and Seating Services in Grampian and he helped design and deliver the postgraduate training for bioengineers at the University of Aberdeen.  In October 2002 he moved to Glasgow to take up the post of Head of Service for WestMARC delivering a range of rehabilitation technology services to the West of Scotland where he has been responsible for the modernisation of the services through patient focused, continuous improvement.  He was a member of the Wheelchair and Seating Service Modernisation Project Board and has worked closely with colleagues at NSD and SGHSC in the planning and delivery of the national Specialist Prosthetic Service.  He has played a key role in delivering postgraduate education and training to clinical scientists in Scotland and in the assessment of trainees throughout the UK. 

In December 2014 John accepted the role as Chair of the Scottish Forum of Healthcare Science.



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