Guest posts

Guests are invited to share their own thoughts and opinions on informatics, meaning views expressed in these blogs do not necessarily reflect those held by the Faculty.

Data and Cyber Security: A Firm Foundation for Integrating Health and Social Care Records

Keith Strahan is a registered social worker and a Council Member of the Faculty of Clinical Informatics, as well as being the Principal Clinical Lead on the NHS Digital Social Care Programme. Keith has kindly taken the time to discuss with us how the importance of data protection and cyber security provide a vital opportunity for collaboration within all of health and social care.

The Faculty of Clinical Informatics – the Emperor’s new clothes or the route to professionalisation of clinical informatics?

Paul Curley is Consultant Vascular/Trauma Surgeon, Deputy Medical Director for Quality and Safety & Chief Clinical Information Officer at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust. He is also an alumni of the NHS Digital Academy, Cohort 2. In this blog he discusses the role of the Faculty in professionalising informatics.

Meet this month's featured member... Joe Dent

Joe Dent is an Advanced Clinical Practitioner at Salford Royal Foundation Trust and Lead for Stroke at the College of Paramedics. Joe was kind enough to take the time to discuss his career and interest in informatics with us.

Improving the recording of problems and diagnoses in the NHS

Dr Anoop Shah is a THIS Institute postdoctoral fellow and clinical lecturer at University College London, and honorary consultant in clinical pharmacology and general medicine at University College London Hospitals (UCLH). His research focuses on improving the recording of problems and diagnoses in electronic health records.

"We are at the start of a journey to 'mainstream' the work of clinical informatics": Ayesha Rahim discusses the importance of clinical informaticians for digital transformation

Ayesha Rahim is Chief Clinical Information Officer at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust and is a member of the Faculty. She is a recent graduate of the first cohort of the NHS Digital Academy and is an advisory panel member of the CCIO network. She also sits on the advisory board of Health Tech Digital. Her interests include “mainstreaming” the profession of clinical informatics, and diversity and inclusion in the digital health space, as a steering group member of the Shuri Network.

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.