Faculty of Clinical Informatics Elects its First Council and Officers

The Founding Fellows of the Faculty of Clinical Informatics have elected their first ever Council and Officers.

The elected Council Members are as follows:

Dr John WILLIAMS (FRCGP) – Chair
Professor Jonathan KAY – Vice Chair
Dr Nicholas BOOTH – Honorary Treasurer
Dr Paul CAMPBELL
Dr Anne Marie CUNNINGHAM
Dr Alan HASSEY
Dr John LOCKLEY
Dr Manpreet PUJARA
Ms Ann SLEE
Mr Keith STRAHAN
Dr Justin WHATLING
Professor John WILLIAMS (FRCP)

You can read their full biographies here.

The officers of Council are:

Chair – John Williams is a GP retired, after 30 years, currently working as Senior Clinical Research Fellow in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Surrey, involved in providing advice and teaching around clinical informatics and in research using GP data. Dr Williams is a past chair of the Joint GP IT Committee and was previously clinical adviser to PRIMIS+ and more recently national clinical safety lead to the GP2GP record transfer project, which has led to the safe transfer of the full electronic patient record now being the norm in England, when patients change practices.

Vice-Chair – Jonathan Kay is Senior Clinical Adviser to the Royal College of Physicians and a member of the Health Informatics Unit, Honorary Professor of Clinical Informatics at University College London, and a member of the National Information Board. He spent most of his career as a chemical pathologist in Oxford and has also been Clinical Informatics Director at NHS England, Professor of Health Informatics at City University London, Chair of the Information Group of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and a senior consultant to the Design Authority of the NHS National Programme for IT for England. His research interests include investigations, knowledge management and everyday technology at the point of care.

Treasurer – Nick Booth is a Strategic Advisor in Health Informatics at Newcastle University and Chief Information Officer of the Connected Health Cities North East and North Cumbria NHSA Project. Dr Booth has been a practising health Informatician since the late 1980s with principal interests in health and care record interoperability, Health Terminologies, Professional Record Standards in Health and Social Care, and the creation of federable regional inter-organisational health and social care information networks.

Dr John Williams said: “It is a great honour to be elected by my peers to be the very first Chair of the Faculty of Clinical Informatics. I recognise the responsibility that comes with the role and am delighted to be joined on the first Council by so many truly exceptional informaticians with a track record of using data to save and improve lives. During my career I have learned much about what constitutes ‘clinical informatics’ and have experienced first-hand the many difficulties that clinical informaticians typically face in trying to develop their knowledge and skills in this emergent domain. Along with others I have been a strong advocate for the establishment of a Faculty of Clinical Informatics for nearly twenty years. The rapid progress made over the past three years has been down to the efforts of a very hard working team to which I am proud to have belonged.”

Professor Maureen Baker, Chair of the Shadow Board of the Faculty said: “I am delighted to welcome John as the first Chair of the new Faculty. He brings a wealth of experience of clinical informatics and the leadership and drive to advocate for the specialism across the United Kingdom. John has been an active advocate in setting up a Faculty of Clinical Informatics and a valued colleague on the Shadow Board over the past year. This important appointment, alongside the other Officer roles and Council Members, is yet another milestone in the establishment of an independent professional body for clinical informaticians. I would also like to add my thanks to the work of the Executive Team and my colleagues on the Shadow Board for taking the vision to build a professional body for clinical informatics and making it happen. It will be with great pride in what has been accomplished that the Shadow Board will hand over responsibility to the new Council.”

The Shadow Board will hand over responsibility to the new Council in the next few months.

For further information, and requests to interview the Chair, please contact:
Philippa Murrey, Communication and Membership Officer, Faculty of Clinical Informatics: philippa.murrey@fci.org.uk or +44 (0)7538253410

Background for Editors

The Faculty of Clinical Informatics has been established as the professional membership body for all clinical informaticians within the UK. The Royal College of General Practitioners and the Royal College of Physicians on behalf of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges have been key in its initiation and the NHS Paperless 2020 Building a Digital Ready Workforce programme has provided supporting resources.

The intention is for the Faculty to be inclusive, catering for the needs of all clinical informaticians who are registered with a regulatory body such as the General Medical Council, Nursing and Midwifery Council, and the Health and Care Professions Council. It has set itself objectives up to 2020 including; establishing clinical informatics as a recognised profession, developing professional standards, supporting revalidation, providing training and accreditation for individuals and courses, and supporting recruitment and careers in clinical informatics.

The Faculty currently has 107 Founding Fellows. A further recruitment programme for Fellows was announced last week. Recruitment of further categories of membership will take place later in 2018.