Job Opportunities at Morriston's Maxfac Lab

CARTIS partners, ABM University Health Board, have an exciting job opportunity for a 3D Biomedical Technician.
ABM UHB and PDR have pioneered the application of advanced technologies in surgery and prosthetics since 1998. If you want to be part of a creative, internationally excellent team, find out more here

Embracing new design technologies: enabling equitable access to health – South Africa Workshop

From patient specific implants to high tech rehabilitation aids, digital design technologies are revolutionising healthcare. Many case studies and published papers illustrate how technologies such as 3d scanning, computer aided design, 3d printing & tele-medicine can be used to create patient specific devices that perform well and look great. Research also demonstrates how these methods can improve care, enable access to state-of-the-art treatment and enhance procedure efficiency.

However, there are numerous barriers that prevent healthcare systems adopting digital methods into routine use, including:

  • Lack of education and training available to medical specialists
  • Design, engineering and material limitations
  • Lack of resources to purchase, maintain and create new technology infrastructures
  • Social and cultural barriers that limit the acceptance of new methods

PDR (International Centre for Design Research) in the UK and CRPM (Centre for Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing) in South Africa have teamed up to consider these barriers. Thanks to funding from the British Council (Newton Fund), we can bring early career researchers and experts together in a workshop.

Through a 4 day workshop, we intend to develop a consensus on how digital technologies can be implemented within South African, and UK healthcare systems. This will help to identify effective ways to direct future research.

We will:

Encourage participants to share experiences of technologies and methods for the development of patient specific devices.

  • Discuss the wider issues that affect technology adoption.
  • Develop project ideas and future collaborations.
  • Identify opportunities for the development of training packages in the UK and South Africa.

This is a competitive call. We can fund up to 15 early career researchers to attend from the UK and 15 early career researchers to attend from South Africa. The workshop is also open to other individuals, companies, NGOs and charities with an interest in this field who are able to self-fund.

Early career researchers are defined as:


How to Apply:

Please use the form available here to send your expression of interest. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to provide further details.

Applications close on the 18th May 2018. We will let applicants know the outcome by the 31st May.


Workshop Details


CRPM, Central University of Technology, Bloemfontein, South Africa


Surgical & Prosthetic Design, PDR, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Wales, UK

Centre for Rapid Prototyping & Manufacture, Central University of Technology, South Africa


12th-16th Nov. 2018


Advanced Digital Technologies: (ADT) UK 2018 Conference 

Advanced Digital Technologies in Head & Neck Reconstruction

Peter Evans and Dr Dominic Eggbeer, on behalf of the ADT Foundation (UK Group) invite you to attend the 2018 conference at Morriston Hospital, in Swansea, on the 15th June.

The UK conference is a unique opportunity to explore cross-discipline research in the fields of head and neck surgery, medical imaging, augmented reality, engineering, design, bio medicine, tissue engineering and more.

  • Present your work on the application of technology in head and neck reconstruction.

  • Learn how others are developing pioneering new applications of technology.

  • Develop valuable new collaborations.

The conference offers participants a hands-on approach; it is a unique chance to test the latest technologies for yourself.

We'll be announcing further details on presenters and sponsors soon.




Find out more, reserve your place and submit your abstacts here. 


PDR Expands Research Capability With New Team Member

PDR welcomed Camille to the Surgical and Prosthetic Design team last August. She has been working in close collaboration with CMF surgeons for 3 years – to plan surgical procedures for providing custom made implants and guides; and to give technical support during surgeries. She previously graduated from a biomedical engineering school in France.

Camille is now working with Hanna, the rest of the PDR team, CARTIS and industry partner Renishaw PLC to develop better patient specific implants.

Camille has been enjoying Cardiff and Wales so far and is looking forward discovering the entire UK!


Morriston Hospital Forensic Artist, Heather, in the News

The pioneering work of the Maxillofacial Unit at Morriston Hospital is once again in the news.  Heather Goodrum, who joined the team over a year ago, is the first biomedical 3D technician to be appointed by any NHS hospital.  Having completed a masters in facial forensic art, her role within the Maxillofacial Unit involves working directly with surgeons to plan complex procedures and design patient specific devices that help undertake them more efficiently.  Heather said: “The surgeons decide how they want to be able to do the surgery and the design side is then down to me and the reconstructive scientists in our team.

“I’ll design the part required and the team and I sit down together to make any alterations. Once complete it is sent away for 3D printing.”

Morriston Hospitals Maxillofacial Unit have worked closely with international design research centre, PDR since 1998.  This collaboration has helped to pioneer the way disciplines of design and healthcare can work together effectively to improve patient outcomes and procedure efficiency.  Recruiting Heather was a significant step that recognises the need for the NHS to invest in new ways of working.  Her role combines the application of technologies such as advanced computer aided design and in-hospital 3d printing.  Through working with PDR, this has helped to ensure cutting-edge methods are cost-effective, safe and realise patient benefits. 

This news has been reported more widely, with stories on the BBC and Wales Online.  

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