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									Career Pathways in
Health Informatics


     Mik Horswell
       UKCHIP
      Subtitle - Objectives

What education, training, development
pathways to follow for different HI jobs

Practical advice about available choices

How to choose the right CPD
   What is Health Informatics

“The knowledge, skills and tools which
  enable information to be collected,
  managed, used and shared to
  support the delivery of healthcare
  and to provide health and wellbeing.”
        - Making Information Count, DH 2002
  What HI careers are there?

NHS Careers ( www.nhs.uk/careers )

ASSIST ( www.assist.org.uk )

UKCHIP ( www.ukchip.org )

British Computer Society
( www.bcs.org.uk )
          What’s in a name?
CIO                       Network Manager
Clinical Auditor          Patient Services
Clinical Coder            Administrator
Clinical Researcher       Project Manager
Data Analyst              Receptionist
Director of Information   Statistician
Health Records Clerk      System security Manager
Help Desk Support         Telecommunications
ICT Trainer               Manager
Information Manager       Ward Clerk
Librarian                 ………………………………….
Knowledge Manager         ..fill in your job here…..
    Grouping HI Careers?
Managerial

Technical

Informatics/Information

Specialised
         Management

Don‟t have to know how to do it!
But must know lots of stuff
Can come from any of the disciplines
Strategy and planning
Operational, financial
CIO, HIS lead, Trust lead, Shared
Services lead
       Technical or ICT
Programming
Desktop support
Software
Hardware
Networking
Telecommunications
Help desk, training
   Information - Informatics

Data Quality management
Data/information analysis
Performance monitoring
Audit and research
Public Health and Health Promotion
Statistics
         Specialised

Library/Knowledge Management
Clinical Coding
Health Records
Clinical informatics
Information Governance
       Training, Education and
       Development Pathways
Management – Masters, BCS, IHM, IOD, ILM,
PRINCE2, etc
Technical – ITIL, Microsoft (MCSA, MCSE,
MCTS, MCPD), Cisco CCNA, CompTIA, Novell,
etc
Informatics – SQL, databasing, ISEB(BCS),
MSc Informatics/statistics, IM&T Professional
Awards
Specialised – CILIP, IHRIM (Cert. + Diploma,
National Clinical Coding Qual.)
General – ECDL, ITQ (NVQ level) from E-skills
and Learning Skills Council
                         Skills shortages
          IT and System Trainers
     Health Records Management
Librarian/knowledge management

            Information analysis
                 Clinical coding
                    Web design

                      Help desk

 Project/programme management

Database design and management
 Systems support and operations

                  Programming
                                                                       Future Shortage
      Systems/business analysis
                                                                       Current Shortage
                    IT Networks

                                   0%   5%   10%   15%   20%   25%   30%   35%   40%
            Perceptions of HI -1
“Still poorly understood & appreciated as a
profession”
“ICT is not taken seriously by the NHS”
Organisational change & financial position
means no development & no recruitment”
Not enough staff to support national roll
outs & implementations”
Staff are starting to leave the NHS in the
hope of more security & better paid jobs
elsewhere”
       Perceptions of HI -2


“Shortages are ever present - not
seen as an essential requirement as
they do not provide patient care”
“What is this nonsense about
mandatory professional qualifications
– it smacks of protectionism & self-
interest” .
       Why?...professionalise


“Capability & Capacity” (C&C)
IM&T Planning Guidance 2006/7:
– PCT CEOs now NPfIT “Senior
  Responsible Officers”
– SHA & PCT assessment of C&C
         But really why?

Informatics is core to the NHS
Informatics is more business-critical
every year
Done well: key contribution to
delivering healthcare and NHS policy
objectives
Done badly: can kill.
 Where & why does the public
    value professionals?

Medicine?          Economists?
The Law?           Aerospace?
Architecture and   Nuclear physics?
building?          Football
Engineering?       managers?
Accountants?       Statistics?
Agriculture?       Software?
                           Elements of
                         professionalism

Registration
Qualifications
Standards - professional & ethical
Regulation
Independence
Continuing professional development
Gives leadership in a field of learning

Ref: Council for Professions Supplementary to Medicine, „Criteria for a Group to be
Considered a Profession‟, (1992), Lord Benson
Case for HI professionalisation

 Protects patients
 Benefits to organisations
 Recognition
 Investment in CPD
 Career structures
 Capacity, capability and morale.
                         …Yes but no!
                                       41%
        All
                                                               64%


                                     38%               No - mandatory
Acute Trust
                                                   52% registration & regulation
                                                       Yes HI Profession
                                      39%
      PCT
                                                                     70%


                                               50%
      SHA
                                                         58%

                                                         58%
  MH Trust
                                                                     69%

                                     38%
       HIS
                                                              62%

              0%   10%   20%   30%   40%     50%        60%         70%    80%
         Transformational Government
Vision
“The future of public services has to use
  technology to give citizens choice”

“We are stronger and more effective
  when we work together than apart”

“We have to have the right people… to
  plan, deliver and manage technology-
  based change”
     Transformational Government
Three key transformations:
1. Design services around citizens and businesses
     –   Meet rising customer expectations
     –   Give whole customer view to front-line staff
     –   Ensure better policy and social outcomes
2.   Move to shared services culture
     –   Standardise, simplify, share
     –   Release resources for front-line delivery
3. Professionalism in planning, delivery,
   management, skills and governance
Tempora mutantur, et nos
    mutamur in illis
 Times are changing and we
   are changing with them
           -Ovid
     Continuing Professional
          Development
Degree, Masters
Management skills training
Specialist skills training courses
Conferences
Non work related
Networking events
Professional organisations
              More CPD
Professional registration – UKCHIP
Self publicity
– Writing articles
– Speaking at conferences
Volunteering
CV sharpening
– Positive
– Brief
– Successes
 What one piece of careers advice
 would you give to someone going
        into the industry?
“ If you don‟t enjoy doing it you‟ll
  never be as good as someone who
  does. So you will be second rate and
  unhappy.
  That applies to anything. You need to
  like what you‟re doing.”
                       - Linus Torvalds
        Where else to look
www.hinos.org.uk
www.skillsforhealth.org.uk
www.ic.nhs.uk/informatics
www.bcs.org/hif/pdb
www.health-informatics.org
www.hpc-uk.org
www.cio.gov.uk/itprofession/index
www.espace.connectingforhealth.nhs.uk/hic

								
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