The health and care system is under increasing pressure – we are living longer with health problems that are getting more and more expensive to treat as the investigations and treatments get more advanced. To address this issue we need to innovate and embrace new technologies.
Through Sustainability and Transformation Plans we can transform the way we offer our health and care services in a way that makes them sustainable and brings them into line with our budget. Intelligent use of data, information, knowledge and technology, which we bring together under the title ‘digital’, is central to achieving this required change.
Led by HEE, Building a Digital Ready Workforce is a programme of work that aims to bring people together in a culture that recognises the need to innovate and the role of digital in that innovation.
A career pathways survey as part of the Building a Digital Ready Workforce programme is now open.
Health Informatics is a relatively new profession without formal career pathways and few training programmes. This project will research current and potential career pathways for those aiming to become future leaders in health informatics.
This research will be key to understanding how we can attract and develop health informatics leaders from the start of their careers. It will focus on skills, job roles, the motivations and expectations of those entering this area, the reflections of those who have reached CIO or similar posts, and anyone in between.
We hope to use this survey to understand any themes including the development of a career pathway heatmap.
Understanding this better is important so we can support the next generation of health informaticians (some of which may be school or university leavers) alongside supporting the profession and progression of the workforce as a whole.
Health informatics has an increasing risk on patient safety as organisations become more reliant on digital; so there is a need for the profession to be taken more seriously.
We would like to invite those who self-identify as part of the health informatics (non-clinical) workforce to participate.
You need to be working within or actively seeking work within health and social care throughout the UK and Ireland.