Shadow Board passes responsibility for the Faculty of Clinical Informatics over to its recently elected Council in another milestone moment

The Shadow Board of the Faculty of Clinical Informatics has handed over responsibility to the recently elected Council and Officers during a historic meeting held at the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).

On June 21st 2018, the Shadow Board, Chaired by Professor Maureen Baker CBE FRCGP, who was joined by Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard PhD FRCGP (Chair of the RCGP), handed over the Executive leadership and oversight of the Faculty of Clinical Informatics to the first elected Council and Officers of the Faculty.

“It has been a privilege for members of the Shadow Board to have been able to guide the Faculty through a series of key developments over the past year, including the recruitment of Founding Fellows, the appointment of the Faculty’s first staff and the election of the first Council. Support of the RCGP, RCP and NHS Digital have made this possible and we are very grateful. We are so pleased to see progress continuing at pace and wish the new Officers and Council every success.” – Professor Maureen Baker CBE FRCGP, Chair of the Former Shadow Board for the Faculty

The first Council meeting marks the start of a significant moment of development for the Faculty, as the Faculty moves forward to open membership for all clinical informaticians (including health and social care) and set competency standards for clinical informatics professionals across the UK.

“We are deeply grateful for all the hard work carried out by members of the Shadow Board to get us to this stage. We recognise that there is still a lot more to do but we would not be in this position without their hard work and dedication. The coming months are going to prove an exciting time and I know we have an excellent team of members and staff to get the job done.” – Dr John Williams FRCGP, Chair of the Faculty

For further information, images 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 107 Founding Fellows. A further recruitment programme for Fellows recently closed for applications, which are now being assessed before the results are announced in July. Recruitment of further categories of membership will take place later in 2018.

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