Faculty Chair, Dr John Williams FRCGP, is awarded the prestigious RCGP Foundation Council Award

We’re delighted to announce that, on 11 May 2018, Dr John Williams FRCGP, our Faculty Chair, was awarded the highly respected Foundation Council Award at the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) Annual Spring General Meeting. This award was bestowed in recognition of the impact John has had on the Clinical Informatics landscape across the UK and beyond for the past 40+ years.

Now retired, after practising as a GP in Surrey for over 30 years, John remains heavily involved in shaping Clinical Informatics on a grand scale and has been a major driving force behind the establishment of our Faculty; he is also a leading member of the RCGP Health Informatics Group and part of the UK Terminology Centre (UKTC) Committee. As well as these commitments, John continues to work as Senior Clinical Research Fellow in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Surrey, providing advice and teaching around clinical informatics and research using GP data.

“Too many people see clinical informatics as a dark art; I want to dispel that impression and make it more accessible.” – Dr John Williams FRCGP

It was whilst working as a registrar in Australia that John was first introduced to the incredible benefits of computers and he was quick to recognise the huge positives available in a clinical setting. In the ensuing years, John has led or been involved with several notable informatics initiatives, including as clinical advisor to PRIMIS+ at the University of Nottingham, which is now a, “leader in extracting knowledge and value from primary care data,” and 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 normal standard when patients change practices, in England. Not one to stop there, at present, John is involved with the implementation of SNOMED CT, which is a new standardised clinical language for computer systems.

“Dr John Williams has been in the forefront of the [informatics] revolution, driving, guiding and facilitating developments with his unique blend of technical expertise, passion and humility.” – Professor Martin Marshall

The RCGP’s Foundation Council Award is one of its most important awards, given for particularly notable work carried out in connection with the College and it’s quite clear that John is continuing his important work within clinical informatics and laying foundations for future clinical informaticians across several professions through his work with the Faculty. Therefore, we hope you’ll join us in wishing him hearty congratulations for being such a worthy recipient of this award.