Watch FCI webinars on joining the Faculty and becoming a clinical informatician

The Faculty of Clinical informatics (FCI) have held recent webinar sessions to offer guidance on applying to the Faculty, and advice on getting into a career in clinical informatics.

On 5th March, the Faculty hosted a webinar on applying to join the FCI, which included presentations from current members on why they joined the Faculty and their experiences so far, followed by a short workshop on filling out the application form. The session then wrapped up with a Q&A. The panel included:

  • Jonathan Kay, Chair of the FCI

  • Robert Simpson, Informatics Lead for the Institute of Biomedical Science, lead for the FCI Healthcare Science Professional Interest Group

  • Euan McComiskie, Health Informatics Lead, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, co-Chair of the FCI AHP Professional Interest Group

  • Amita Aggarwal, Chief Pharmaceutical Officer’s Clinical Fellow, Health Education England, lead for the FCI Pharmacy Professional Interest Group

This was followed by the webinar on different routes to becoming a clinical informatician on 10th March, which was hosted by the FCI Early Careers Group. This webinar featured a panel of FCI members from a range of professional backgrounds, discussing how they got into clinical informatics, what their role is like, how this compared to their expectations going in, and tips for those looking to develop their career in clinical informatics. 

The panel included:

Chair:

  • James Maguire – Clinical Lead, Mission One, NHSX, co-founder of the FCI Early Careers Group

Panel:

  • Amanpreet Sarna - ST6 Anaesthetics, Chief Medical Information Officer, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

  • Julie Haigh – Digital Midwife and CSO, North Cumbria NHS Trust

  • Sara Watkinson - Senior Pharmacist in Clinical Informatics, St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

  • Anna Moore - Clinical Lecturer in Child Psychiatry, University of Cambridge, Clinical Lead, NIHR Children and Young People’s BioResource

  • Shahzad Ahmad – Clinical Safety Officer, McKesson UK

This was a fantastic session with great discussion. Key themes that arose included that informatics is not just about technology and coding, the importance of mentorship, engaging with networks, transferable skills and the importance of tenacity and resilience.

These were both inspiring talks and will definitely be of use for anyone interested in the FCI or clinical informatics in general!

Please watch the recordings below: