Member of the Month: Jane Brady

Jane trained as a paediatric nurse before moving into the world of nursing informatics about three years ago.

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Hi Jane! Can you please begin by introducing yourself and letting us know about what you do in your current role?

My name is Jane and I trained as a paediatric nurse, moving into the world of nursing informatics about three years ago.  

I am currently the Senior Lead Nursing Informatics Specialist in a large North Wales health board. This role has evolved hugely over the last three years and is starting to become more established within the organisation. 

I am involved in implementing the Welsh Nursing Care Record which has involved standardising nursing documentation across Wales and developing them into a digital nursing system. 

I am passionate about being the nursing voice within our evolving digital health Board and ensuring we include the end users in the development of our systems to ensure it works for them in their day-to-day roles.

When did your career in clinical informatics begin and what are your main areas of interest?

I first became involved in clinical informatics when I was asked to be the nursing lead on developing a proof of concept for a paediatric nursing system. This enabled me to work with nurses to build a system that worked for them.  

I was then extremely fortunate to be offered my current role where I work as part of an all-Wales nursing informatics team. This experience has enabled me to broaden my skills in working with nurses across Wales to build the Welsh Nursing Care Record. 

My role has shown me the impact that clinical informatics has on improving patient safety, quality of care and allowing the clinicians to spend more time at the bedside with the patient. 

How did you find out about the Faculty and what led you to join?

I am currently part way through my MSc in Digital Health Leadership as part of the NHS Digital Academy. 

Joining the Faculty was recommended by the course and also by many of the alumni of the NHSDA. Being a member of the FCI has aided in my own development and to also increased my networks across a variety of roles within digital health. 

Are there any exciting projects you are working on at the moment that you would like to tell our members about?

As part of my role, I am currently involved in the rollout of a nursing system across all of our secondary care wards and community hospitals.

I am also involved in the early stages of the implementation of a critical care system and the planning for the rollout of an e-prescribing system. It is a hugely exciting time for the health board with the huge leap of moving from paper to digital processes in the next two to three years. 

Lastly, do you have any advice for those who would like to pursue a career in clinical informatics but may not know how or don’t consider themselves informaticians? 

Start by finding out who is part of your clinical informatics team and speak to the CCIO and CNIO and ask them what is happening within your organisation. We are always looking for people who are interested in being involved and helping us along the digital journey. 

You can also find out of your organisation has any networks groups and ask to join.