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Title: The BCS Health Informatics Forum and the UK Council for Health Informatics Professions

The BCS Health Informatics Forum and the UK
Council for Health Informatics Professions
  • Dr Glyn Hayes
  • President, UKCHIP
  • Chair, BCS Health Informatics Committee
  • President, BCS Primary Health Care Specialist

  • The BCS and its Health Informatics Forum
  • What is Health Informatics?
  • Why do we need for professionalism?
  • About UKCHIP
  • UKCHIP voluntary registration scheme
  • Future

The British Computer Society
Who we are
  • Learned and Professional body
  • Formed 1957, Royal Charter 1984
  • Nominated engineering institution 1990
  • Over 50,000 members world wide
  • 38,000 professional members
  • 10,500 chartered engineers
  • Over 40 branches UK and overseas
  • Over 50 specialist groups

What the BCS does
  • Professional standards - BCS/IEE/EGov project
  • Provide member benefits and services
  • Represent the profession
  • Recognise achievement
  • Provide authoritative and timely advice
  • Initiate debate on IS strategic issues
  • Encourage the advancement and dissemination of IS
  • Support individual career development

BCS Health Informatics Forum
  • Health Specialist Groups
  • 3 Regional, Primary Care, Nursing, ASSIST
  • Health Informatics Forum
  • International representation
  • SGs plus Liaison Groups (20)
  • HC Conference
  • Publications
  • Workshops
  • Standards
  • BCS Policy in Health

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
    promote health

Health Informaticians
  • ICT staff
  • Health Records Coding Staff
  • Information Management
  • Knowledge Management
  • Senior HI Managers / Directors of Services
  • Clinical Informatics
  • Education, Training Development
  • Research

Need for HI Professionalism
Professionalism the Context
  • Increasing impact of HI on patient care
  • Significant NHS investment in HI
  • Skills and leadership deficit
  • Recruitment/retention problems
  • Health Professions Council

The Problem for IT workers
  • The need for a career pathway
  • The need for adequate recognition
  • Professional Credibility
  • Appropriate Remuneration
  • Correct Workplace Setting
  • The need for a professional home
  • Current organisations do not meet these needs

Bad Health Informatics Damages Patients
  • Patients must have died due to the London
    Ambulance system failure. (Parliamentary report)
  • Abnormal cervical smears not acted on until too
  • Incorrect radiotherapy doses
  • Downs Syndrome risks inaccurately reported

44,000 to 98,000 people die in US hospitals due
to errors committed by medical professionals
  • Health care lags a decade behind aviation on
    safeguarding consumers lives. IOM reports To err
    is human 2000
  • The cost of preventable Adverse Drug Reactions
    was 2.8million per year for one 700 bed hospital

  • Audit Commission Spoonful of Sugar
  • adverse reactions to medicines and medication
    errors currently cost the NHS 0.5 billion each
    year in longer stays in hospital, to say nothing
    of the human cost to patients
  • many errors could be eliminated through the use
    of computer technology and automation a
    national approach is needed to introduce these

The Real Problem
  • Patients are being damaged by bad health
  • Patient care is increasingly impacted by

What is Needed?
  • Professional standards
  • Code of Conduct
  • education, training and experience
  • continuing professional development
  • Register of HI Professionals
  • Career structure for HI professionals
  • recognition by employers

The Medical Model of Professionalism
UKCHIPs formal Aim
  • Its aim is
  • to be the regulatory body for all branches of
    health informatics in the United Kingdom

UKCHIP Milestones
  • Online expression of interest (Oct 02)
  • Code of conduct (July 03)
  • Draft registration scheme (Sept 03)
  • registration levels
  • entry requirements
  • registration process
  • Online Registration (Mar 04)
  • Council Elections May 2005

UKCHIP Voluntary Registration
Elements of the Scheme
  • Constituencies
  • broad definition of HI
  • Sectors
  • all those involved in HI
  • Levels of Registration
  • different levels of experience and responsibility

  • NHS
  • Private Health
  • Industry / Commercial
  • Higher / Further Education

Registration Levels
  • Level 1
  • limited experience/responsibility
  • Level 2
  • career grade
  • significant qualifications/experience
  • Level 3
  • leadership grade
  • advanced qualifications/experience

Registration Requirements
  • Code of conduct
  • Professional standards
  • qualifications
  • employment profile
  • health experience
  • informatics experience
  • Points scheme
  • trade-off (with strict minima)

Continuing Professional Development
  • A professional has to keep up to date
  • A professional body needs to monitor this
  • Each branch of the profession has different needs
  • UKCHIP has its own CPD scheme but if there is a
    CPD scheme from another body which fits the
    requirements UKCHIP will recognise that

What Next?
  • Acceptance by employers
  • Detailed Core Competencies
  • Accreditation of training schemes and conferences
  • education, supervised experience, mentoring etc
  • Career Pathway
  • normal entry route
  • Statutory registration (2010?)

Wider IT professionalism
  • eGov Office for all public sector IT
  • BCS/IEE/eGov etc working together
  • To improve the quality of IT enabled change
  • To improve the reputation of IT

Why Register?
  • As an individual
  • demonstrate commitment to Code of Conduct
  • sign up to professional standards
  • recognise responsibility to the public
  • Self esteem
  • In the interests of the profession
  • establish HI as a recognised profession
  • support UKCHIP as its representative body

What makes UKCHIP registration attractive?
  • The recognition that comes from professional
    standards and clear career pathways
  • peer group support
  • stimulus to mobility, requirement for jobs
  • Registration shows employers that you are a
    professional, with commitment to developing
    yourself and working to a high level
  • Registration sets you ahead of other candidates.

External Support
  • The following have already agreed with the
    principles of Ukchip and will support widespread
  • Information Centre/ CfH/DoH
  • NPSA/Healthcare Commission
  • The General Medical Council
  • Royal Pharmaceutical Society
  • Unison/Amicus

Whats in it for Employers?
  • Recruitment, job descriptions, person profiles
  • Shows an employers commitment to developing the
    professional status of HI staff and will attract
  • Job grading (including Agenda for Change)
  • Improved quality of service professionalise
    your HI service
  • Increased status by employing professionals
  • A way of recording your staff CPD

Whats in it for Employers?
  • As a CEO/RID/CIO/Organisation Lead for IT you
    need to be assured that your IT and informatics
    staff are fit to practice. This is increasingly
    important to the Healthcare Commission and is
    figuring in performance indicators
  • It can help in gaining contracts

Useful Contacts

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