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Professional bodies launch “well connected” campaign to improve health and care

David Bicknell Published 04 May 2017

Federation for Informatics Professionals creates infrastructure for people who work in health and care informatics to work together more closely


A group of professional bodes with an interest in healthcare informatics has used this week’s e-Health week event in London to launch a campaign to inspire healthcare and IT professionals to work together for better health and care.

The “Well Connected” campaign was brought together by the Federation for Informatics Professionals in Health and Social Care (Fed-IP), and organised by a coalition comprising the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, CILIP, IHRIM and Socitm.

Fed-IP says it is a federation of professional bodies "working together to support the best health and care possible, making use of information and digital technology." It aims to gather people working on health and care IT/digital and bring them into a multi-disciplinary community, to help them share ideas, good practice, and turn that into standards that they apply to themselves.

David Evans, director of policy & community at the BCS, launching the campaign, explained, “Fed-IP is a federation of professional bodies. It is basically an infrastructure that is for the people that work in health and care informatics to come and do something very special.

“Last year, I had fun talking to Bob Wachter. What our conversation ranged across was everything from how we professionalise, to what it means to be a patient at the end of their life and be with their families and work through that, because at the end of the day, the thing that matters is what we do and how it affects real people, how it affects our friends, our families and our communities.

“Bob said lots of challenging things in his report (published in September 2016). He said we need vibrant professional societies. That doesn't mean organisations that are vibrant, it means professionals coming together and being vibrant. He set the challenge out that what we are trying to do as we transform health and care is one of the most complex adaptive changes that have been undertaken in history. The people are the solution and the problem and the means.

“We are going to do that by bringing together and inspiring professionals, not just any professional but the ones who can harness information and technology and not just them but the ones that have the integrity to put people and their communities first."

Evans continued, "What starts today is a campaign to bring that community together to express those values.So what I’m asking is that you wear your badge, tell people about it, sign the pledge, go back into your organisations and tell people about this opportunity. As we develop as a community, what good looks like, what works, the standards that will result, get involved in that. Be part of your professional community  and develop those standards that will then apply back to you.

“And what we’re saying to people is stand with others in your discipline. If you’re a records manager, a librarian, a service manager, an enterprise architect, a clinician who’s passionate about these things, stands together as part of a wider community. Stand together with other health professionals, to make a difference.”

Evans was joined at the e-Health event by John Williams from the Faculty of Clinical Informatics; Beverley Ellis, academic Lead in Health Informatics at the University of Central Lancashire; Andy Kinnear, chair, BCS Health and Care; Alan Fricker, head of NHS Partnership and Liaison at Kings College London; James Freed, CIO  at Health Education England; Kate Warriner, Healthy Liverpool Digital Lead; and Martin Ferguson, director of policy & research at Socitm.

Discussing the new Faculty of Clinical Informatics , Williams said the faculty is expected to see its full launch before the end of 2017. It is also now open for applications for founding fellowship.

Well Connected campaign

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