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.

“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.

Interoperable Professionals and Data

Andrew Davies is a Fellow of the Faculty of Clinical Informatics and has been involved with medicines-related data throughout his professional life, ranging from managing pharmacy medicines stock management systems to becoming a chief pharmacist. As part of the Lord Carter Hospital Pharmacy Transformation Programme (HPTP), Andrew assumed the position of Medicines Data Lead, designing the Model Hospital pharmacy and medicines metrics, and he is now Operational Productivity Director of Hospital Pharmacy at NHS Improvement.

Forceps, drill...and now technology

Sam Shah, is a Founding Fellow of the Faculty of Clinical Informatics and Director of Digital Development of NHS England as well as being an NHS Consultant in Kent and General Dental Practitioner in London. As one of the few dentists within the Faculty, at present, Sam has very kindly agreed to share his experiences of employing informatics within dentistry and beyond, and looks the future of informatics for all health and care professionals.

“Some sector, some workforce!”: Keith Strahan on the importance of the social care sector

Faculty of Clinical Informatics Founding Fellow and Council member Keith Strahan is a registered social worker with experience working in multidisciplinary teams in hospitals, mental health, community and primary care. We’re really pleased that he has taken the time to discuss how adult social care and healthcare can work together effectively, using informatics.

"In it to win it!": Anne Cooper discusses her hopes for the Faculty

Chief Clinical Digital Officer Anne Cooper reflects on the formation and her hopes for the Faculty of Clinical Informatics, whilst questioning how to increase the number of nurses and women working in this key clinical profession.

"The stars are starting to align.": Dr Brendan O'Brien on the Faculty of Clinical Informatics

Dr Brendan O’Brien is Consultant Clinical Informatics Specialist for Northern Ireland and has been involved with the development of the Faculty of Clinical Informatics from the outset. Read about his professional journey so far, and his future aspirations for clinical informaticians in health and social care.

‘A digital future for health and care’: Professor Maureen Baker on the importance of clinical informatics

Former Chair of the Faculty Shadow Board and the RCGP, Professor Maureen Baker CBE is now Chair of the PRSB and has long-time been a champion of better data and information-sharing to improve patient care. We are pleased to introduce Maureen’s thoughts on the Faculty and the importance of clinical informaticians.

The Role of Clinical Informatics and Clinical Informaticians in Improving Health and Social Care

Faculty of Clinical Informatics explains what ‘Clinical Informatics’ is and how it uses information & IT to capture, use and communicate clinical knowledge to provide vital support to health & social care professionals, ensuring that workers can provide safe, efficient and effective person-centred care in the best way.