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Join the UK Faculty of Clinical Informatics

I recently became a Fellow of the Faculty of Clinical Informatics in the UK. They are now opening up further membership categories. The new faculty is important for supporting professionalisation for all clinicians involved in health informatics so please do join us.

Please see the below press release from the Faculty for more information:

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Invitation to apply to join the Faculty of Clinical Informatics

Over the past year, we are pleased to have grown to a membership cohort of 151 Founding Fellows and Fellows. This has led to election of the first Council and Officers, who assumed responsibility for the Faculty from the Shadow Board in June, and their hard work alongside colleagues on standing committees has brought us to the next major stage of its development in opening recruitment for Members and Associates as well as Fellows.

The Faculty of Clinical Informatics has been established to give professional leadership to clinical informaticians within the UK. Membership encompasses health and social care professionals who utilise their specialist knowledge through data, information and information technology, to ensure safe, effective and efficient person-centred care.
If you are interested in joining the Faculty as a Fellow, Member or Associate, then you can check the criteria set-out below, which will provide a guide as to the most appropriate category for you.

It is not expected that all criteria will be met but the overall contribution will be assessed.

Membership Criteria Specifications

Clinical Informaticians applying to become a Fellows or Member of the Faculty must be registered with a statutory body overseen by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA). Those applying as Associates of the Faculty do not need to be registered with a statutory body overseen by the PSA.

Overseas candidates who are not registered with PSA recognised bodies may apply to be Associates, and applications for Fellowship and Membership for all overseas candidates will open in 2019. Please register your interest if you would like to be kept up to date with news about this.

Fellowship

  • Demonstration of experiential exposure to clinical informatics in the workplace, through direct care, research, development, education, leadership or policy.
  • Demonstration of major contributions to the advancement of clinical informatics in the UK or internationally.
  • Demonstration of leadership and/or national recognition in the field.
  • Demonstrable commitment to the advancement of clinical informatics in the UK.

Membership

  • Demonstration of experiential exposure to clinical informatics in the workplace, through direct care, research, development, education, leadership or policy.
  • Demonstration of significant contributions to the advancement of clinical informatics in the candidate’s immediate locality, or in the UK, or internationally.
  • Demonstration of recognised leadership in the field, either in the candidate’s locality or nationally.
  • Demonstrable commitment to the advancement of clinical informatics in the UK.

Associate

  • Exhibit an ongoing enthusiasm and engagement in clinical informatics.

Application Process

Applications to join the Faculty must be submitted via email by midnight on 30th November 2018, following the application process and using the application form.

Please note that the membership fees start at £60 for Associates rising to £250 for Fellows; with discounted fees applicable in a variety of situations.

Please click on the following links to download your preferred application form:

Click here for guidance notes to aid you with deciding which category suits you best and for detailed advice on how to complete your application.

Assessment Panel

An expert panel of Fellows has been established to score each application received. The panel is independently Chaired by Professor Don Detmer, University of Virginia, (Past-President of American Medical Informatics Association) and all members are professionals, with established reputation in informatics in the UK.

The Faculty Council will approve the final list before any announcements are made in February 2019.

Everyone at the Faculty is very excited to finally be opening to wider membership and we’d all like to wish you the very best with your application to join the UK’s first clinical informatics membership body.

If you have any questions regarding becoming a member of the FCI, please email info@fci.org.uk.

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