Faculty of Clinical Informatics’ Reaction to the Topol Review

The Faculty of Clinical Informatics welcomes the publication of the Topol Review, having been asked to input expertise around clinical informatics as part of one of the invited panel sessions. We are delighted to be mentioned as part of the recommended action plan for implementing improvements in educating and accrediting the multi-professional NHS workforce and we look forward to being part of the collaborative effort to educate and empower clinical informaticians working in health and care.

Dr John Williams, Chair of the Faculty of Clinical Informatics, has responded with the following statement:

“The Topol Review is well received, and I am pleased that the Faculty now has an opportunity to become involved with the process. The focus on digital education and accreditation of NHS health and care practitioners is very welcome, as is the recommendation for further investment in training.

“The Faculty of Clinical Informatics is already working towards creating a framework of education standards and developing a robust curriculum that will provide an attractive career path for clinical informaticians across several health and care professions.”

Many of the Review’s recommendations closely align with the Mission and Vision statement of the Faculty and we look forward to working collaboratively to ensure delivery of safe, evidence-based and person-centred solutions within health and social care.

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)7538 253410.

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 151 Founding Fellows and Fellows and is poised to welcome a further 202 Fellows, Members and Associates into the organisation. A further recruitment programme will take place later in 2019.