Applications for new FCI members close on 30 September

We are delighted to be accepting applications for new Members and Fellows

We are delighted to be accepting applications for new Members and Fellows until Friday 30 September.

Now is a great time to join the Faculty of Clinical Informatics (FCI) and help to shape the future of the profession.  Our international membership continues to grow, and we are pleased to be able to accept applications from clinical informaticians outside of the UK. 


Register your place at our introduction to FCI webinar
on 6 September at 6PM - 7PM to find out more

Join our Membership Manager, Ben Sloan, and our Chief Executive, Ken Mackness, as they detail the membership benefits you can expect when you join the FCI.

They will introduce you to the FCI’s Core Competency Framework (CCF) designed to detail the core knowledge and skills-based competencies for clinical informaticians. The CCF was developed by the dedicated multi-professional working group and is available to read on the FCI website.

The webinar will also provide you with the opportunity to hear more about how the FCI supports the professional development of its members through: 

  • Access to obtain CPD hours included in membership at no extra cost

  • our mentorship scheme

  • networking opportunities

  • developing clinical informatics as a profession with a career pathway

  • conferences, events and webinars 

  • professional and special interest groups

Finally, Ben and Ken will be sharing details about bursary applications, exciting new member benefits coming at the end of 2022 and will hold a 15 minute Q&A session.

There will be a follow up webinar on 9 September at 12.30 PM detailing how to join the Faculty. Details for this will be given on 6 September webinar.

Please e-mail info@fci.org.uk to register your place. 


Bursaries

Bursaries are available from the National School of Healthcare Sciences (NSHCS). The NSHCS will fund a year’s membership of the FCI to successful applicants. To be eligible for the bursary, you must be either:

  • enrolled on or an alumni of the NSHCS Scientist Training Programme or Higher Specialist Scientist Training Programme, or

  • be in the current or previous cohort of Topol Fellows, or

  • a healthcare scientist working in the NHS.

Please note, we accept Associate members at any time throughout the year, meaning these applications are not limited to our recruitment windows in Spring and Autumn.

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What is the FCI?

The FCI is working to develop the profession of clinical informatics. One of the ways in which we are supporting the profession is through the work of our Core Competency Working Group. In 2021, a paper from the Core Competency Working Group was one of the Top 10 Most Downloaded papers on the BMJ HCI website. 

Titled 'Development of a core competency framework for clinical informatics' (Davis A, Mueller J, Hassey A, et al), the paper explains how the FCI developed the national core competency framework, from the systemic review of literature, including other competency frameworks in the UK and internationally, to our multi-professional consultation. 

We are also working as part of the Federation of Informatics Professionals (FedIP) to ensure an inclusive and comprehensive approach.

Members are also kept up to date with the latest ideas and advances in clinical informatics through a monthly e-newsletter.

Membership benefits 


Support through mentorship

Sounding out a friendly and supportive voice can be hugely reassuring and rewarding. When you join our mentorship scheme, we will pair you with a like-minded colleague.

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Join our Special and Professional Interest Groups 

Develop your skills and share the expertise and skills of our members. Through our Special and Professional Interest Groups, members can continue to improve health and social care services and outcomes for patients and the public.

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Share and network

Network with like minded peers. Share and build your skillset through experiences. We provide a platform for the views, needs and interests of all our members, enabling networking and meetings. 


Take part in webinars and conferences

We host a series of ongoing webinars on topics of interest and two annual membership conferences. These events provide the opportunity to learn, network and participate in shaping the FCI’s work.

Appraisal guidance and support

Find information advice and support about the Medical Appraisal and Revalidation processes.

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Make a difference at committees

The Faculty has five Standing Committees, which support the Council and Trustee Board in advising on key aspects of Faculty business.  Membership of Standing Committees is open to both Fellows and Members of the Faculty.

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Member Showcase 

For our new website due at the end of this year, we will now be placing our members work on the front page of the site, showcasing research papers and presentations to our extensive following of members and social media followers that is now over 7,000. It's a great opportunity to get your work seen, showcased by the Faculty of Clinical Informatics. 

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What our members say about the Faculty

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Caroline Anderson
Lead Pharmacist EPMA, Barts Health NHS Trust

“As the Faculty matures…it will enable those healthcare professionals already working in informatics roles to identify that they are actually part of a distinct and supported profession and not just, ‘working with technology’. The continued development of professional standards and accreditations will help to define clear career pathways for those interested in informatics, and for those who have already started the journey.”

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Chris Dickson

Senior Clinical Lead NHS Digital

“I believe that the Faculty presents a great opportunity to benefit all regulated professionals for health and social care. As the Faculty develops, I can see the possibility of highlighting, supporting and encouraging membership from the wider nursing and midwifery professions and the chance to learn from each other. This is a huge opportunity for all nurses and midwives with obvious benefits.”

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Mahmood Adil
Medical Director of Information Services Division (Scotland) and Health Protection Scotland, NHS National Services Scotland

“FCI is an excellent platform and good starting point for raising the profile and mainstreaming clinical informatics within NHS and beyond. I was keen to join the Faculty and interact with other like-minded colleagues for achieving its key objectives i.e. to develop professional competencies for clinical informaticians and to provide accreditation for informatics-based training programmes.”

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Tommy Henderson Reay
Digital Transforamtion Lead,
National Care Forum

“If social care is to be taken seriously it needs to have clinicians who back that up with credentials, therefore joining the Faculty was a way of: a) taking a career in informatics seriously, and b) assuring a sense of kudos as a clinician in social care. There are a lot of wise heads within the Faculty and by joining the community I am better off for it. Our jobs can be challenging at times so a sense of collaboration and learning from others is vital to aid longevity in the job.”