Terms of Reference
The Faculty of Clinical Informatics (FCI) is governed by a Trustee Board. As Trustees, Members of the Board have the ultimate legal responsibility for the Faculty.
The Trustee Board comprises the Chair of Council, Vice Chair, Hon Secretary, Hon Treasurer and Lay Trustees.
The Trustee Board has delegated to Council the responsibility for the practice of clinical informatics as a profession, which includes all the professional, clinical and educational functions of the Faculty.
Council members are elected by the Fellows and Members of the Faculty.
The Trustee Board wish to ensure a culture of inclusivity within the Faculty. In 2020, the Trustee Board requested a diversity review to identify areas of the Faculty with low diversity.
A review was conducted and this report represents the results.
We recognise that low diversity in our membership limits the FCI's ability to provide accurate, representative views of clinical informaticians as a whole.
It can also result in a lack of equal opportunities to join and progress within the organisation. This could mean some Members are not being as fully supported by the Faculty as they could be.
A Chartered Accountant recently retired from a lifetime career with the professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. Bill learned the value of data and good information when investigating businesses for clients and had extensive involvement in developing large IT systems for the firm, both in the UK and globally. Latterly he focussed on risk management and on corporate and auditor regulation, becoming the Ethics Partner for the PricewaterhouseCoopers. He has also previously been Treasurer, and then Chair, of a disabled adult training organisation. With parents and grandparents having been medics and nurses, Bill has always been interested in and passionate about the NHS.
Yinka is an experienced healthcare and technology Leader, Entrepreneur, and ex Pharmacist. With a demonstrable track record in programme management; innovation strategy and delivery in healthcare; partnerships development (domestic and international); healthcare policy; building innovation ecosystems; leadership education; and digital health market evaluation.
She has been Programme Director at DigitalHealth.London (DH.L) since March 2016. Prior to this, she led a number of quality improvement projects for Imperial College Health Partners, one of the founding partners of DH.L. Yinka has spent more than 25 years in healthcare. She has held both delivery and business development leadership roles in global IT outsourcing consultancies – Accenture and CSC. Yinka practised as a front-line Pharmacist for 12 years across England, Singapore and Australia. Working within primary care, acute care, mental health and pharma.
Professor Jonathan Kay
Senior Clinical Adviser to the Royal College of Physicians and a member of the Health Informatics Unit and a member of the National Information Board. He spent most of his career as a chemical pathologist in Oxford and has also been Clinical Informatics Director at NHS England, Professor of Health Informatics at City University London, Chair of the Information Group of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and a senior consultant to the Design Authority of the NHS National Programme for IT for England. His research interests include investigations, knowledge management and everyday technology at the point of care.
Dr Anne Marie Cunningham
Professor Nicholas Booth
Visiting Professor in the School of Computing at Newcastle University, and previously a principal in General Practice in Northumberland, Nick has combined patient care with Health Informatics since 1987. His main areas of interest have been in health and care record interoperability, Health Terminologies, Professional Record Standards in Health and Social Care, and the creation of federable regional inter-organisational health and social care information networks. He has held posts in the DH and NHS working on Read Codes and SNOMED-CT, in Newcastle University working in decision support, was Director of Health Informatics at BT Global, Director for Clinical Data Standards in DH Informatics and HSCIC, and was part of the Connected Health Cities team at Newcastle University who began the design work on the Great North Care Record (2015-2019).
Dr Astrid Grant
Hon. Secretary (Joint)
A strid was born and raised in Spain where she trained as a medical doctor. She moved to the UK in 2014 to complete an MSc in Health Policy and Financing and to pursue a career in improving patient care at scale. Since then, most of her roles have been in leading the implementation of electronic patient records across multiple NHS Trusts, with a focus on transformation, adoption and benefits realisation.
She has always had a keen eye for technology, which is why it’s no surprise she ended up working in digital health. However, as for most of clinical informaticians, that path has not been a straightforward one, which is why she joined the Faculty of Clinical Informatics in 2019.
Her passion is digital health, which is why she remains an active member of the healthcare information network in the UK. You can find her as @astrid_ghap on Twitter.
Dr Tashfeen Kholasi
Hon. Secretary (Joint)
Tashfeen is a clinical dentist in primary care and Clinical Teacher in Sedation & Special Care Dentistry. She is also CCIO for a group of dental practices involved in digital transformation and Clinical Safety Officer for health technology organisations to promote and maintain the standards involved to provide safe technology.
Tashfeen has worked as a
Leadership fellow with Health Education England in developing a digital dental
strategy and has led on the first interoperability proof of concept between
NHS111 and primary dental care. She established the digital dental network and
held 3 successful conference to highlight and engage with the profession to
align dental with the rest of healthcare.
Professor Mahmood Adil
Dr Arjun Dhillon
Dr Alan Hassey
Dr Lydia Jidkov
Maggie qualified as a nurse in 1984 and worked for many years in community settings. Frustrated at how inefficiently and ineffectively information is shared about patients and yet how much is written about them, she found herself working in informatics in 2009 as a clinical transformation facilitator.
She now works for South Central and West CSU as Clinical Informatics Lead and Clinical Safety Officer, working with CCGs across the south of England to support the safe and effective sharing of clinical information.
She is still frustrated that nursing information isn’t contributing efficiently and effectively to the shared care record and is committed to ensuring that nurses have the skills, processes and tools to take full advantage of digital health opportunities.
Professor Joe McDonald
Joe is a Consultant Psychiatrist and Currently Medical Director at https://www.sleepstation.org.uk, an online cognitive Behaviour Therapy for insomnia (CBTi) service. Joe is also Chief Clinical Information Officer at CNTW NHS Trust https://www.cntw.nhs.uk/, England's largest Mental Health Trust.
Former National Clinical Lead for IT (Mental Health), Former Director of Connected Health Cities, North East and North Cumbria and founding Director of the Great North Care Record Project. Until recently Chairman of the CCIO Leaders Network. Campaigning for better NHS IT for 15 years latterly as @comparesoftware on Twitter.
Dr Dermot O'Riordan
Dr John Williams
Dr Paul Campbell