Partnership recommends UKCHIP registration

A partnership between the UK Council for Health Informatics Professions (UKCHIP), NHS England and the Health and Social Care Information Centre aims to drive up standards and professionalism amongst health informatics staff.

As part of a wider NHS England strategy, the group are encouraging health informatics staff to register with UKCHIP, the voluntary regulatory body for the profession.

NHS England’s director of strategic systems and technology Beverley Bryant said that:

“Professionalism in informatics and all that goes with it is at the heart of our vision for safe, technology enabled, and patient centred care.”

“Both the Francis Report and more recently the Keogh Review identified a range of informatics and leadership related issues that indicate a need for stronger leadership and more and better data and information management specialists.”
She went on to say that NHS England will support the development of UKCHIP to, “reflect the needs and expectations of the new NHS and NHS employers”.

“We have to be able to show we are professionals in the same way that other groups in health and care do.”

Registration and certification with UKCHIP is open to anyone working in health informatics, including the NHS, the private health care sector or for commercial suppliers to the health care sector.