Faculty of Clinical Informatics more than doubles as it welcomes two new membership categories aboard

The Faculty of Clinical Informatics’ membership is set to more than double with the exciting new addition of over 200 members, including Member and Associate categories for the first time.

In October 2018, clinical informaticians from within health and social care were invited to apply to join the Faculty as Members and Associates for the first time. A multi-professional assessment panel of six, formed from Faculty Fellows and overseen, for the third time, by the independent chair, Professor Don Detmer, University of Virginia (Past-President of American Medical Informatics Association), rigorously assessed each application. Successful candidates were ratified by Council and 202 have been invited to join the Faculty.

“It is fantastic to see the Faculty drawing such a varied and talented cohort of clinical informaticians from a range of health and care professions, and at all stages of their careers. We are looking forward to working with our diverse membership to ensure the professionalisation of clinical informatics to enable practitioners to deliver safe, effective and efficient person-centred care.

The Faculty is very grateful for the continued support from Professor Don Detmer and we look forward to a continued close working relationship moving forward.”

– Dr John Williams FRCGP FFCI, Chair of the Faculty of Clinical Informatics

A further recruitment programme, which will include opportunities for overseas applicants, will take place later in 2019.

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.