Applications are now open to join the Faculty of Clinical Informatics!

Due to the success of the previous recruitment round and high levels of interest coming from potential members, the FCI have decided that it is again time to open applications. Apply to join the Faculty up until 17th July 2019.

Meet this month's featured member... Tommy Henderson Reay

Tommy Henderson Reay is Digital Transformation Lead at the National Care Forum and a registered social worker. For the past couple of years Tommy has been doing vital work in digital for the social care sector. We had a chat about his career, his passion for informatics and its value within social care.

“Use your digital skills to improve Health Outcomes!” Chris Dickson on involving nurses in the digital agenda

Faculty Fellow Chris Dickson is Senior Clinical Lead with NHS Digital, on the e-health steering committee for the Royal College of Nursing, and a paediatric nurse. Chris has been kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to write about the importance of informatics in allowing nursing professionals, and all health and social care disciplines, to shape the future of digital health. This blog also includes views from Chris’s RCN colleagues Matt Butler and Claire Buchner.

Sharing digital blueprints across the NHS to improve services for patients and staff

Dr James Reed is the Chief Clinical Information Officer for Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (BSMHFT) and a Fellow of the Faculty. In this blog, James talks about how both patients and staff across BSMHFT are benefitting from apps to record physical and therapeutic observations at the point of care, and why the Global Digital Exemplar blueprinting platform should be the first point of call for NHS organisations introducing digital technology.

Why is Collaboration So Important?

Fran Beadle is the National Clinical Informatics lead for nursing at NHS Wales Informatics Service and a Fellow of the Faculty. Over the past two decades she has combined her nursing and informatics expertise to develop key improvements for patients and clinicians. In this article, Fran makes the case for improved involvement and communication with nursing around digital systems, to help engagement and adoption.

“Digital physios, data geeks and curious clinicians!”

Faculty Fellow Euan McComiskie is UK Health Informatics Lead for the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and has been working within physiotherapy in Scotland for over a decade. In this article, Euan discusses the growing importance of informatics within physiotherapy across the UK and the steps he and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy are taking to ensure practitioners are appropriately guided and educated within the growing digital health and care landscape.

Improving Clinical Usability and Safety – the role of Clinical Informatics

Dr Chris Paton, Head of the Global Health Informatics research group in the Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health at the University of Oxford, discusses the role of clinical informatics in improving clinical usability and safety.

"My advice to the next Labour government on technology in the NHS": Professor Trisha Greenhalgh shares her thoughts

Professor Trisha Greenhalgh is Professor of Primary Care Health Sciences at the University of Oxford, a practising GP and a Founding Fellow of the Faculty. In this insightful blog, Trisha reflects on the role of government and technology within the NHS, challenges being faced, and offers her thoughts on how these issues might be tackled.

Interoperable Professionals and Data

Andrew Davies is a Fellow of the Faculty of Clinical Informatics and has been involved with medicines-related data throughout his professional life, ranging from managing pharmacy medicines stock management systems to becoming a chief pharmacist. As part of the Lord Carter Hospital Pharmacy Transformation Programme (HPTP), Andrew assumed the position of Medicines Data Lead, designing the Model Hospital pharmacy and medicines metrics, and he is now Operational Productivity Director of Hospital Pharmacy at NHS Improvement.

Forceps, drill...and now technology

Sam Shah, is a Founding Fellow of the Faculty of Clinical Informatics and Director of Digital Development of NHS England as well as being an NHS Consultant in Kent and General Dental Practitioner in London. As one of the few dentists within the Faculty, at present, Sam has very kindly agreed to share his experiences of employing informatics within dentistry and beyond, and looks the future of informatics for all health and care professionals.

“Some sector, some workforce!”: Keith Strahan on the importance of the social care sector

Faculty of Clinical Informatics Founding Fellow and Council member Keith Strahan is a registered social worker with experience working in multidisciplinary teams in hospitals, mental health, community and primary care. We’re really pleased that he has taken the time to discuss how adult social care and healthcare can work together effectively, using informatics.