Key Activities Summary
• Will Smart, Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Health and Care in England, has agreed to Chair the new FEDIP Advisory Board, which will provide expert advice and guidance to FEDIP.
• Matthew Swindells, NHS England National Director of Operations and Information, has become the first FEDIP Leading Practitioner. See his statement below
• Members of BCS: the Chartered Institute for IT (BCS) and CILIP (the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) have started to apply and be accepted to join the FEDIP register.
• The Registration and Standards Committee has developed a policy for the three-yearly revalidation of registrants, which has been agreed by the Management Board.
• The Marketing and Communications Committee has agreed a new logo (as above) and branding for FEDIP and used these to produce banners and flyers for conferences and revamp the website.
Will Smart to Chair the FEDIP Advisory Board
We are very pleased to announce that Will Smart, CIO for Health and Care in England, has agreed to Chair the FEDIP Advisory Board.
The Advisory Board is being formed to provide direction to the Management Board and Committees on strategy, and to provide expert guidance on matters relating to professionalism in health and care informatics. The board will meet to hear reports on current plans and activity, provide expert advice, discuss future priorities and highlight key issues in policy and practice.
Will and the FEDIP Management Board will now invite further members to join the Board, which we intend will be representative of a range of key stakeholders in informatics in health and care across the UK.
Matthew Swindells has become the first FEDIP Leading Practitioner.
He said: “I am honoured to be the first Leading Practitioner to join the FEDIP Register through BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, which is a significant milestone in professionalising this important community. I hope that by joining the Register, I am making a statement as to the significant value that I, and senior management in the NHS, place on this initiative, and something which all of us within this professional community should seek to achieve.
Although I joined through BCS, it is the collaboration between the licensed professional bodies that delivers its true value. With the Register, it is crucial that we not only engage across the Health and Care Informatics community, but also across the wider information management and technology community if we are to deliver the ultimate aim of FEDIP, which is to support health and care through the best use of knowledge, information and technology. I urge others in our community to come forward and follow my lead.”
How to join the FEDIP Register
The FEDIP register is open to anyone who is a member of one of the membership bodies involved. Applications for registration are assessed by your membership body and are based on the standards required for membership and the registration standards set by FEDIP. Please see the registration standards below for an overview of the four levels of registration.
Others wishing to join the register will be able to, by first joining one of the membership bodies, and details can be found on their respective websites.
To apply for registration through the BCS see http://www.bcs.org/category/19284.
Current CILIP members and other Library and Information Professionals can join through https://www.cilip.org.uk/page/FEDIPEnrol.
IHRIM and AphA are finalising their assessment criteria and processes and will soon start to accept applications from their members.
IHRIM members can find more details at http://www.ihrim.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=354&Itemid=491, where the application process will soon be advertised.
More information about joining AphA see https://www.aphanalysts.org.
Registration and Standards Committee (RSC)
FEDIP requires that any individual registered with FEDIP can demonstrate that they remain competent at their level of registration to remain on the register. The RSC has proposed a revalidation policy and process which would require all registrants to revalidate every three years. As with initial registration, revalidation would be carried out through the individual’s professional body.
The revalidation policy was accepted by the Management Board in June.
Marketing and Communications Committee (MCC)
MCC have been busy working on several initiatives. The first consideration was branding and has resulted in the new logo and format for the FEDIP name, as at the top of this update. The logo was chosen to be in monochrome, so it would not conflict with the coloured logos of the membership bodies, where the two logos are used alongside each other.
The logo and new branding has been used to create registration certificates, which will be issued by the member bodies, and on other marketing materials.
As FEDIP registration is only through the membership bodies, most marketing will be carried out by those bodies as a part of their membership offering, although FEDIP will continue to communicate directly via this stakeholder update, website and conferences.
The MCC has also agreed it’s terms of reference, which will now be considered by the FEDIP Management Board for approval.
Finally, MCC is putting together an events list for FEDIP input. At some events FEDIP may represent itself and the value of registration, although in most cases it is likely to be through the presence of one or more of the member bodies.
FEDIP will have a stand at the Digital Healthcare conference at ExCeL in London on 26 & 27th June, where all the member professional bodies will be available to talk about membership and FEDIP registration.
• The revised FEDIP website will be published and will include the standards for registration and the register. Each of the licensed professional bodies’ websites will have full details to allow members to apply.
• FEDIP will work with Will Smart to make appointments to the Advisory Board.
• The terms of reference for the Marketing and Communications Committee will be finalised.
• The Management Board will work on internal issues including choosing and appointing auditors, agreeing internal procurement processes and considering how FEDIP will handle requests for accreditation of training and education courses.
Purpose of FEDIP
FEDIP brings together professional bodies and societies from across the informatics field. It will set and maintain community developed standards for health and social care informatics professionals and publish a register of those professionals who meet its standards.
Its purpose is to pull communities together, support one another, and build shared professional standards. It will provide assurance, through standard setting, that employers, governments and wider society can have confidence in the knowledge, experience and commitment of professionally registered health and care informatics practitioners.
Ultimately, the aim of FEDIP is to support health and care through the best use of knowledge, information and technology.
For more information about FEDIP see the website at www.fed-ip.org